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MLA Karnataka A Few Days After Attack On Muslim Vendors


The Chief Minister said his administration would not tolerate if the people took the law into their hands

Bengaluru:

It is a Hindu temple, outlined Karnataka BJP MLA Arvind Bellad, days after Hindutva activists vandalized a pushcart shop run by Muslim vendors in Dharwad district.

“It’s a Hindu Temple … even if he’s a Muslim Vendor how should he dress .. wear a skull hat with a beard, shave a mustache and wear pajamas … How do Hindus feel,” said BJP MLA Arvind Bellad, who represents the Hubli area -Dharwad Barat.

Of the eight, four accused were arrested in Saturday’s attack on a Muslim trader – in which a watermelon car was damaged.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, amid a blazing racist issue, today said his administration had sent a clear message that it would not tolerate if the people took the law into their hands and used violence.

“My actions speak, our (government) actions speak. We shouldn’t speak, our work should speak. In what situations, what decisions to take, what actions to take, we don’t have to learn from them,” Bommai said. in response to the opposition questioning his “silence” over the recent incident in a racist tone.

There have been a series of racial issues that have arisen in recent months. It began with a hijab dispute, followed by calls to ban Muslim traders from Hindu religious fairs, and then a campaign to boycott halal meat and shut down loudspeakers in mosques.

While appealing to end such issues, former state chief minister NS Yediyurappa said Hindus and Muslims should live their lives as “children of one mother.”

“We must live together and ensure that such incidents do not happen again here … let’s stop all this and do our job. Muslims must also live a peaceful and respectful life,” he said.

Earlier, Congress chief Siddaramaiah said Sri Ram Sene members’ attacks were not only on Muslim traders, but also on farmers planting watermelons.

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