Siddaramaiah faces BJP youth wing’s ire during visit to Kodagu


PTI, Aug 18, 2022, 5:25 PM IST

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Former chief minister Siddaramaiah faced the ire of the Bharatiya Janata Party youth wing activists here on Thursday for his alleged statement questioning the need for the Hindutva activists to put up Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar’s photograph in a Muslim area in Shivamogga, which led to clashes a few days ago.

The protest led to clashes between Congress and the BJP workers.

Siddaramaiah today went to Madikeri, the district headquarters town of Kodagu, to inspect the losses that occurred due to the recent spell of rain, which had resulted in deaths, and damage to houses, crops, infrastructure, and landslides.

As soon as the vehicle of the former chief minister passed through General K S Thimmayya Road, the BJP workers tried to interrupt the convoy of the Congress leader.

They showed black flags to him and raised slogans ‘Go back Siddaramaiah’. It is learned that some protesters threw eggs at the former chief minister’s car.

They showed him Savarkar’s photos. One of the BJP activists threw Savarkar’s photo on Siddaramaiah’s lap when his convoy was moving slowly.

The police had a difficult time controlling the BJP protesters, including women, who had stood in the middle of the road, blocking Siddaramaiah’s convoy.

The Kodagu unit of the BJP youth wing shared posts on social media, which read, “Siddu Khan enters Kodagu — Kodagu defiled”. “Go back Siddu Khan, the disciple of Tipu Sultan who carried out genocide in Kodagu.” On August 15, a few people had put up Savarkar’s photo in a circle close to a mosque in Shivamogga, which led to tension in the town. A person named Prem Singh, who hails from Rajasthan and works in a shop in Shivamogga, was stabbed.

Following the clash, the district administration swung into action and imposed prohibitory orders for the next three days, and announced the closure of the school for a day on August 16.

The police arrested four Muslims on charges of stabbing Singh. Police took one of the accused into custody after shooting in his leg as he had allegedly tried to attack policemen who went to arrest him.

The next day another Bajrang Dal activist was stabbed in Bhadravathi town in this connection and another Muslim youth was arrested.

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