Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections are approaching soon, and the right winged extremist Hindutva groups are actively spreading their communal divisive agenda in the state to keep the state on boil and create a turmoil. Karnataka goes to the polls in April-May 2023. Every other day, there is some news reported from the state, varying from leaders giving anti-Muslim hate speech or atrocities being conducted against individuals from religious minorities.
A video was found on social media wherein BJP MLA K.S. Eshwarappa gave an anti-Muslim hate speech. In the speech, he could be seen addressing an audience and heard saying, “Modi will become the PM again in 2024. Masjids were built in Mathura and Kashi after demolishing temples, those Masjids will also be destroyed on the lines of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya& temples will be rebuilt there too.”
The video can be viewed here:
“Modi will become the PM again in 2024. #Masjid‘s were built in #Mathura & #Kashi after demolishing temples, those Masjids will also be destroyed on the lines of the #BabriMasjid in #Ayodhya & temples will be rebuilt there too,” : #BJP MLA #KSEshwarappa.#Karnataka #HateSpeech pic.twitter.com/zvt0KTHnAR
— Hate Detector ? (@HateDetectors) March 4, 2023
Last month, BJP MLA Basangouda PatilYatnal, known for his anti-Muslim stance, had sparked a row over his comments comparing Muslims in the state to Tipu Sultan. While addressing a rally in Vijayapura, Karnataka, keeping the Assembly elections in mind, Yatnal raised the Tipu Sultan discourse again. He said “All MLAs ask me, in your constituency there are one lakh Tipu Sultans (Muslim votes) how a Shivaji Maharaj descendant won from Bijapur. Going forward in Bijapur, none of the followers of Tipu Sultan will win. Even by mistake you should not cast your votes for Muslims.”
In January, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Karnataka state president, Naleen Kumar Kateel, indulged in targeted hate speech and said that party workers in the state should focus on the issue of “love jihad” before the assembly elections later this year, instead of “road, gutter, drain and other small issues”. This statement of Nalin Kateel had drawn strong opposition from the opposition, with the Congress accusing the BJP of deliberately indulging in divisive polarisation to cloud its absence of performance and delivery in government.
Descendants of Tipu will not win, says BJP MLA in Karnataka
Savarkar’s statue now hangs among freedom fighter gallery in BJP-ruled Karnataka assembly
Will have issued orders to shoot intellectuals: Karanataka BJP MLA’s unabated violent propaganda
Why did Tipu Sultan have a Hindu god’s name on his ring
Stop drama or die: Threats to Tipu Sultan play in Mysuru
Worsening Spiral of Communal Hate: State’s role in rising violence against minorities
HateWatch: Inciteful speech given by AHP leader PravinTogadia at MPS Science College, Bihar
Junaid Nasir murder: Magistrate summons relatives, villagers of victims for breach of peace