Following incidents of attacks on Muslim traders and calls for their boycott By right-wing Hindutva groups in Karnataka, former BJP chief minister BS Yediyurappa and senior minister JC Madhuswamy have demanded an end to divisive politics.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai also said that “all people are equal” and law and order was a priority for the state government.
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The chief minister has stated that law and order will be protected. I will advise him (the chief minister) to put an end to all this (divisive politics) and focus on the job at hand. All communities should live in peace and dignity, ”Yediyurappa said on Monday.
The BJP leader said that Hindus and Muslims would like to coexist in peace and brotherhood but some miscreants are trying to create divisions. “Hindus and Muslims are brothers born to the same mother and they have a bond. If there are efforts to break this bond, the chief minister has said this, that action as per the law will be taken. Efforts must be made to prevent deterioration of law and order and to allow people to live in peace, ”Yediyurappa told media persons in Bengaluru.
The former chief minister also said that the opposition Congress must cooperate with the government to bring about development in the state. Congress leaders like K Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar must not create confusion over small issues, he said.
The Opposition has alleged that CM Bommai has turned a blind eye even as Hindutva groups sought to prevent Muslims from doing business at temples, demanded boycott of halal meat and other businesses linked to Muslims.
The minister for law and parliamentary affairs in the BJP government, JC Madhuswamy, had on Sunday said that deliberate attacks to disrupt people’s livelihoods would not be tolerated.
“The government is not backing any of these activities. The government will take action if pro-Hindu organizations cross their limits. There are no two ways about it. This country belongs to everybody. All those who remained in India after Partition are Indians. There is no point in creating a controversy over this at present. The government will not give this too much scope, ”said Madhuswamy.
“Everyone has a right to livelihood in this country under the Constitution. Everyone has the right to trade under the Constitution. Everybody has the right to worship in private… Nobody has the right to denigrate a religion, ”he told reporters in Belagavi.
“For the administration, all are citizens and children of this country. Giving anybody trouble, disrupting the livelihood of people or disrupting the peace in society does not bring honor. For the party that is in power, it does not bring any honor at all. When incidents occur spontaneously it is different but when incidents are deliberate nobody will accept it and I cannot accept it either, ”he added.
“Whatever it is, we have to be tolerant and live together. The government will have to take action (against those who disrupt the peace),” the law minister said.
The law minister indicated that the state government was not prepared for the communal issues that have cropped up lately. “We don’t know what issues are going to crop up each day. We did not know about many of the boycott calls (against Muslims). How can the government react to things that spring up in some village or the other? Whatever is coming to our notice we are dealing with it. We are taking action when these things are coming to our notice, ”said Madhuswamy.
Karnataka CM Bommai, who is touring the Udupi region, said on Monday that the state government will act at the appropriate time against those disrupting the peace.
“Ours is a government constituted under the Constitution of India, we are of the view that law and order should be protected, that all people are equal. There is no problem if people express their opinions but when they take the law into their own hands or when there is violence, the government will not tolerate it and we have made this message clear, ”Bommai said.
“Our actions should speak and not our words. We know what should be spoken and when and we know what action should be taken. We do not need to learn from these people (Congress) who dropped cases against several persons who were accused of crimes. Where was their awareness of their duties at that time? ” Bommai added.
“Our state is a peaceful and law-abiding state. It is a progressive state. We know how to protect the state and we are doing it, ”the Karnataka CM said.