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“This is a Hindu temple”: Karnataka MLA days after attack on Muslim vendors

The prime minister said his administration would not tolerate people taking the law into their own hands


It is a Hindu temple, underlines Karnataka BJP MLA Arvind Bellad, days after Hindutva activists vandalized pushchairs driven by Muslim vendors in the Dharwad district.

“It’s a Hindu temple … even if he’s a Muslim seller, how should he dress … wearing a skullcap with a beard, shaving his mustache and wearing pajamas … How will Hindu feel dedicated, “said BJP MLA Arvind Bellad, who represents the Hubli-Dharwad West constituency.

Out of eight, four accused were arrested in the Saturday attack on Muslim vendors – where the watermelon carts were vandalized.

Amid the flurry of common issues, Prime Minister Basavaraj Bommai said today that his administration had sent out a clear message that it would not tolerate people taking matters into their own hands and resorting to violence.

“My actions are speaking, our (government) actions are speaking. We must not speak, our work must speak. In what situation, what decision must be made, what action is required, we take it, we do not have to learn from them, ”Bommai said in response to opposition questioning his“ silence ”over recent incidents with common undertones.

There have been a number of common issues that have come up over the past few months. It began with the hijab drive, followed by calls to ban Muslim traders from Hindu religious fairs, and then a campaign to boycott halal meat and turn off speakers at mosques.

Former Prime Minister NS Yediyurappa has called for an end to such an issue, saying Hindus and Muslims should lead their lives as “children of one mother”.

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

Earlier, Congress leader Siddaramaiah said the attack by Sri Ram Sene members was not only on the Muslim traders but also an attack on farmers growing watermelon.

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