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            Karnataka campaign goes high-voltage as

        BJP corners Congress over Bajrang Dal ban

             Congress’ promise to ban Bajrang Dal has drawn criticism from the BJP with its leaders

                      coming out in defense of the organization and slamming the grand old party

        OUR BUREAU
               arnataka Bharatiya Janata
               Party (BJP) leader KS Esh-
        Kwarappa on Thursday burnt
        the Congress manifesto released for
        the upcoming state Assembly polls for
        the party’s promise to ban Bajrang Dal
        on the lines of the Popular Front of In-
        dia if voted to power.
            Eshwarappa alleged that state
        Congress president DK Shivakumar
        and senior leader Siddaramaiah pro-
        moted “casteism” in the state and de-
        manded the Election Commission to
        arrest both leaders. “Both Karnataka
        Congress president DK Shivakumar
        and Senior Congress leader Siddara-
        maiah have been promoting casteism
        in the state. For doing this, the people
        of Karnataka have already rejected
        them. Bajrang Dal is a nationalist out-
        fit  and  always  will  be.  But  Congress
        wants to name Bajrang Dal with PFI,”
        the BJP leader said.
            “People of Karnataka will reject
        them in the upcoming elections. But
        before that, I put this before the Elec-
        tion Commission to arrest Shivaku-    Bajrang Dal members stage a protest against Congress’s manifesto for Karnataka Assembly elections, in Dehradun on Thursday (ANI)
        mar and Siddaramaiah,” he added.
            Congress’ promise to ban Bajrang   Karnataka do not support the “black   on Tuesday, PM Modi had slammed   ‘shortcut politics’ of the two parties.
        Dal has drawn criticism from the BJP   culture” of abuses and said they   Congress over its Karnataka election    Amid the row over the Congress
        with its leaders coming out in defense   should punish those making hurling   manifesto and said the party was at-  manifesto mentioning the ban on the
        of the organization and slamming the   such words by saying ‘Jai Bajrangbali’   tempting to lock up those who worship   Bajrang Dal outfit, former Karnataka
        grand old party.                  when they cast their vote.        Lord Hanuman.                     Chief Minister and Janata Dal (Sec-
            With a week to go for assembly    The Prime Minister said BJP       “Today it is my great fortune to   ular) leader HD Kumaraswamy said
        polls in Karnataka, political parties   wants to make Karnataka the number   bow down to this holy land of Lord   that the grand old party is raising the
        have stepped up their campaign and   one state in India and has a roadmap   Hanuman. But see the misfortune,   issue now but did nothing during their
        senior leaders of BJP, Congress and   and a plan. Attacking Congress, he said   today when I have come here to bow   rule in the state.
        JD-S addressed rallies and held road-  a way to seek votes “is to abuse Modi”.  down to Hanumanji, at the same time   The remarks came in the wake
        shows to woo voters on Wednesday.     “What is the other way to seek   the Congress party has decided to   of Congress’  manifesto for the May
            Prime Minister Narendra Modi   votes, abuse Modi, abuses are being   lock up Bajrangbali in its manifesto.   10 Assembly elections in Karnataka,
        addressed rallies in the state and ac-  hurled...does anyone in Karnataka ac-  Earlier Shri Ram was locked up and   wherein the party bracketed outlawed
        cused Congress of “abuse culture”.   cept black culture, like a culture where   now they have taken a pledge to lock   Popular Front of India (PFI) and Ba-
        BJP  chief  JP  Nadda,  Congress  gen-  anyone can abuse, accept a culture of   up those who chant Jai Bajrangbali. It   jrang Dal together and stated it would
        eral secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra   abuse...does Karnataka forgive those   is the misfortune of the country that   ban the organizations once it is voted
        and Janata Dal-Secular leader HD   who hurl abuses. What will you do   the Congress had problems even with   to power. “All those things are not im-
        Kumaraswamy also campaigned in    this time, will you punish... when you   Lord Shri Ram and now it also has   portant.  When Congress  Govt  ruled
        the state. Sources said Congress par-  press the button at the polling booth,   problems with those who say Jai Ba-  for 5 years, why did they not ban it
        liamentary party chairperson Sonia   punish those who abuse by saying ‘Jai   jrangbali,” he had said.  then? Why are they raising the issue
        Gandhi  will  campaign in Karnataka   Bajrangbali’,” he said.           Addressing an election rally in   now? We have to change the culture of
        polls on May 6 and address a rally in   Polling for Karnataka elections   Bailhongal earlier on Wednesday, PM   those organizations. We have to teach
        Hubbali district.                 will take place on May 10 and count-  Modi  attacked Congress  and  Janata   them how to behave in public life.
            Addressing a rally in Uttara Kan-  ing of votes will take place on May 13.  Dal-Secular (JDS) and said people   That is important,” says JD(S) leader
        nada, PM Modi said the people of      Addressing a rally in Vijayanagara   of the state must be careful about the   HD Kumaraswamy.

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