Jesus Christ was born in the Vatican, according to
ನಮ್ಮ ಪವಿತ್ರ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲೇ ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ ಪ್ರಭು ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮನ ಭವ್ಯ ಮಂದಿರ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ವಿರೋಧಿಸಿದ್ದ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ನವರು, ತಮ್ಮ ನಾಯಕಿಯನ್ನು ಮೆಚ್ಚಿಸಲು ತಮ್ಮದೇ ಹಣದಲ್ಲಿ ವ್ಯಾಟಿಕನ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ ಯೇಸುವಿನ ಪ್ರತಿಮೆ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಲು ಹೊರಟಿದ್ದಾರೆ.— K S Eshwarappa (@ikseshwarappa) December 26, 2019
ಇನ್ನು ಇವರು ಕೆಪಿಸಿಸಿ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರಾಗುವುದನ್ನು ತಪ್ಪಿಸಲು ಸ್ವತಃ ಸಿದ್ದರಾಮಯ್ಯನವರಿಗೂ ಆಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. pic.twitter.com/wWenDz4mYZ
Congress leader DK Shivakumar is sponsoring the construction of the 114-foot statue of Jesus Christ in his native Kanakapura constituency.
“To impress their leader, those in the Congress, who opposed the construction of a temple dedicated to Lord Rama born in our holy country, are going to build from their own money a statue of Jesus who was born in the Vatican,” Eshwarappa said in the tweet.
Since at least the 2nd century AD, people have believed that the place where the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, now stands is where Jesus was born, according to Unesco that has listed it as a World Heritage site. The Vatican is seen as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and is the place of residence of the Pope.
Firebrand Uttara Kannada MP Anantkumar Hegde, too, hit out at Shivakumar. “Here’s the Tihar Returned great man who, for the sake of a position, is seeking to please the Italian woman by setting up a huge Jesus statue, thus displaying his gallantry. It won’t be a surprise if more slaves within the Congress compete with each other to do appeasement politics,” Hegde said in a tweet.
The former Union minister also asked Congress leaders to quit the party. “The Italian woman gives importance to only those who have converted to Christianity. Congress leaders should, at least now, introspect and reject the mindset of slavery in their party and come out,” Hegde said.
Responding to these attacks, Shivakumar said he believed in “equality and religious tolerance.” He said it was his duty to respect the faith of his constituents, who belong to all religions.