PFI general secretary booked for anti-national speech: Karnataka minister | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU/MANGALURU: Home minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Friday that a case has been filed against Anis Ahmed, general secretary of Popular Front of India (PFI), after he allegedly asked Muslims not to offer donations for the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. “The statement is not only irresponsible but also anti-national, aimed at creating divisions among people,” Bommai said.
At a rally in Ullal on Wednesday, Ahmed reportedly urged Muslim businessmen and shopkeepers not to give a single penny for the temple construction in Ayodhya. “It is not Ram Mandir. It is an RSS Mandir. Just boycott them like you boycotted the NRC (National Register of Citizens),” he reportedly said.
On Thursday, Mangaluru police filed two FIRs against PFI activists on charges of trying to create enmity among communities through their speeches at the same rally. “I will instruct Ullal police to take cognizance of the whole matter and initiate action,” Bommai added.
PFI trying to divide people, its statements childish: Joshi
They were booked for violation of conditions in carrying out the rally and sloganeering which may result in communal disturbance. One FIR names six people and other other seven,” Mangaluru city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said.
The home minister said the mandir is being built following a Supreme Court verdict. “He (Ahmed) has spoken badly about the RSS which is the most patriotic organisation,” Bommai told reporters in Bengaluru.
Echoing Bommai, Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said PFI is trying to divide people when “Lord Ram belongs to people of all communities in India”. He said the dispute had been resolved by the Supreme Court and the temple trust is functioning according to those guidelines. “People all over the country are liberally donating for the Ram Mandir. Hindus and Muslims are peace-loving and working together for strengthening the social fabric. Statements by PFI leaders are childish and there are no takers for their remarks,” Joshi said in Dharwad.
Revenue minister R Ashoka and BJP general secretary CT Ravi had earlier advocated a ban on PFI, calling it a terrorist organisation. The remarks came after two PFI members were held in Uttar Pradesh with explosives.

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