Bengaluru: Violence triggers a war of words between BJP, opposition | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU/HUBBALLI: The ruling BJP and opposition parties on Wednesday traded charges against each other over the violence that broke out in Kavalbyrasandra the previous night.

BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel alleged the unrest in parts of Bengaluru was a political conspiracy to create communal disturbance in the BJP-ruled state. He also claimed the Kavalbyrasandra violence was pre-planned and well-orchestrated by Popular Front of India (PFI) and its political arm Socialist Democratic Party of India (SDPI).
Congress, on the other hand, criticised the inordinate delay in police action against Naveen, who was arrested for posting controversial content on social media.
BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje, who visited the violence-hit area, said it was nothing but the result of Congress’ appeasement politics. “CCTV cameras in the vicinity of the police station were damaged. This is ample proof that the violence was premeditated,” added BJP state general secretary Ashwathnarayan.
Slamming Congress, BJP national general secretary BL Santosh tweeted: “After 14 hours @INCKarnataka woke up to blame Naveen (MLAs nephew) for Facebook post & Police for delay in taking action. One straight question. Does your Party support riots like this? Why does the Cong hesitate to condemn riots by minority groups..? #CongSupportsRiots.”
Tourism minister CT Ravi termed the violence a “planned riot” and alleged SDPI was behind it. “Congress is indulging in appeasing these people as they constitute its vote bank. This is not the first incident. During CAA protests, a riot was carried out in Mangaluru. It was an organised incident, not an isolated one. SDPI provoked people. It is famous for rioting,” he alleged.
Former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said the incident looked like a “pre-planned conspiracy” and demanded action against those indulging in “goondaism” and taking the law into their hands in the name of religion. He tweeted: “No religion or community is above the law and anyone who doesn’t respect law of the land should be punished. Government by taking strict action should ensure such incidents don’t repeat.”


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