Bajrang Dal criticises government for permitting visit of Zakir Naik

The Bajrang Dal has strongly opposed the government decision to permit the self-proclaimed Islam religion promoter Zakir Naik, who is visiting Mangaluru shortly.

Speaking to mediapersons on Thursday, the Bajrang Dal Karnataka South zonal coordinator Sharan Pumpwell alleged that government’s dual policy favouring Muslims and discriminating against the Hindus is disastrous. He added that the State government, which is supporting Dr Zakir Naik’s arrival in Mangaluru, should be questioned against the ban on Dr Praveenbhai Togadia and Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat for the programmes at Bengaluru and Hassan respectively. He demanded that Mangaluru district administration should ban Naik from entering the district.

He said a huge convention would be organised on January 6 in Mangaluru. “The convention would concentrate on the ongoing phenomena like cattle slaughter, love jihad and attacks on Hindu activists. The VHP leader Dr Praveenbhai Togadia will deliver the keynote address on the occasion. The coastal district, especially Mangaluru, is a victim of the atrocities against majorities. Hindus here are considered as second grade citizens. In the aftermath of the Congress government coming to power, constant conspiracies are hatched to suppress Hindus, who are made victims of atrocities planned especially to curb them,” he complained.

He also alleged that the State government was supporting the people involved in cattle trafficking. He said the government has also withdrawn the cases registered against the members of the anti-national organisation PFI.

He added that the State government’s decision to ban astrology programmes being aired on television channels was totally undemocratic and will hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus. “The government is converting police stations into Congress party offices arcos the State. The vote bank politics has deteriorated the values of democracy and the people are deprived of good governance,” said the coordinator, who also condemned the decision to transfer the police official Pramodh in Mangaluru. He said the confidence of the police officials is at stake.

He said Dattamala Abhiyan is being organised at the Chandradrona hillocks in Chikkamagaluru district from December 16 to 24. “As many as 50,000 devotees would wear Dattamala and offer prayers. The Anusuya Pooja will be held on December 22, while a huge procession is organised on December 23. Devotees from across Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kasargod and Kodagu districts will take part,” he added.

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