BJP Yuva Morcha workers demand Rai's apology

District In-charge Minister B Ramanath Rai upbraiding SP Bhushan G Borase over senior RSS leader Dr Prabhakar Bhat Kalladka seems to be snowballing into a controversy, with BJP Yuva Morcha workers insisting on Rai’s apology.

Addressing the gathering during protest outside the deputy commissioner’s office on Monday, Yuva Morcha district unit president Harish Poonja warned of launching an intensified protest if Ramanath Rai fails to tender an apology for dragging Prabhakar Bhat into the issue surrounding the unsavoury incidents at Kalladka and Kanyana.

Strongly condemning the minister for making derogatory comments against Bhat while compelling the SP to arrest him, Poonja called it a deliberate attempt of the minister to appease Muslims ahead of the next general elections. Rai, who is afraid of losing the polls for his shrinking minority vote bank, is out to appease the particular community, he alleged. Poonja also blamed the minister for instigating the recent communal clash at Kalladka, eyeing political gains in view of the election.

He also demanded Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to seek the resignation of his Cabinet colleague.

Hindu Hitarakshana Samiti leader Muralikrishna Hasanthadka warned of a show of strength with thousands of people attending the convention organised in B C Road on June 24. Hasanthadka too wanted the chief minister to sack Rai.

Napping portraits

Making a mockery of Rai, the Yuva Morcha workers displayed portraits of Rai caught napping in the Assembly.

While the placards also had a portrait of Prabhakar Bhat, the slogans were against Rai for making derogatory comments against Bhat and for reprimanding the SP.

VHP protest

Activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal staged a road block at PVS Circle on Monday in protest against Rai’s remarks against Prabhakar Bhat. The protesters shouted slogans against the minister.

They accused the minister of misusing his power. Later, the police arrested all the protesters.

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