Senior Congress leader B K Hariprasad's recent statement ahead of the Ram Mandir inauguration has sparked controversy, with political figures and parties reacting strongly.
As reported by Republic TV, Hariprasad mentioned the potential for a "Godhra-like incident" in Karnataka, linking it to the arrest of Shrikant Pujari, a Karsewak allegedly involved in the Ram Temple agitation in Hubballi after the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992.
"What kind of agitation is this, please make me understand. If you observe the SC hearing, you can easily see that this agitation is politically motivated. You can not categorise this as a genuine protest. There is no history of demolishing one religious place to construct another. Let me be clear, this is not a religious program. Don't exaggerate it, in Karnataka, the government must take all precautions", Hariprasad said.
Drawing parallels with the Godhra incident in Gujarat, he said, "At the same time back in Gujarat, Karsewaks were burnt alive in Godhra. They are attempting to replicate that incident in Karnataka. We must not allow such untoward incidents to happen here. We need to provide ample security to all those who visit Ayodhya. We cannot afford another Godhra in Karnataka."
In response, the BJP criticised the Congress, labeling it "ideologically corrupt."
Anil Shetty, a BJP leader in Karnataka, characterised the statement as the "height of appeasement politics."
Echoing similar remarks, BJP spokesperson Charu Pragya condemned the Congress, highlighting the inappropriate timing of such remarks during the nationwide celebrations for the Ram Mandir inauguration.
The arrest of Shrikant Pujari earlier in the week had further intensified the political landscape, with the BJP accusing the Congress of targeting Hindu activists.
The BJP described Pujari's arrest as a "witch hunt against Hindus" and strongly condemned the move.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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