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Rajnath slams Rahul Gandhi, says BJP trying to douse fire lit by Cong

Singh said the Congress regime believed in "spreading enmity" between different communities

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa during the Parivartan Rally in Bengaluru on Sunday | Photo: PTI

Hitting back at a day after he accused of spreading hatred, Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh on Sunday said it was his party which has been trying to douse the fire "lit by Congress" on issues such as Kashmir and communal tensions.

Addressing a rally here, he also accused the government in of trying to 'divide' the society and lashed out at it on the law-and-order front, citing the killings of right-wing activists and journalist Gauri Lankesh.

The senior leader posed several questions to Rahul Gandhi, who made the charge after being handed over the baton by his mother Sonia Gandhi yesterday to take over as the president, heralding a generational change.

Singh said: "has got a new president. I congratulate him. He says that BJP is responsible for the unrest in the country. I want to ask him who is behind the conmunal tensions, terrorism, Naxalism and unrest in Kashmir?

"Who is behind the dynastic in the country? Let know that it is BJP which is trying to douse the fire lit by Congress," Singh said.

He also said the "whole world knew that the BJP alone knows how to run the nation. The Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh election results (tomorrow) will prove it again. Already exit polls have predicted that we are going to form the government in these two states," he said.

In his first speech to party workers after formally assuming charge as Congress president, had said: "They break, we unite. They ignite fire, we douse it. They get angry, we love. This is the difference between them and us."

Targeting the Siddaramaiah-led government in Karnataka, Singh said the Congress regime believed in "spreading enmity" between different communities.

Referring to the killing of RSS activist Rudresh here early this year and VHP leader D S Kuttappa in Kodagu district in NOvember, 2015 and 19-year-old Paresh Mesta recently, he said they were "murdered in cold blood." Even Gauri Lankesh was killed.

"If we come to power in Karnataka, we will get these cases thoroughly investigated," the Union Home Minister said.

Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified assailants here in September, leading to a outrage.

Mesta, who was from the fishermen community, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Uttara Kannada district, leading to violence last week.

The state government has ordered a CBI probe into Mesta's death, for which the BJP has blamed the "jihadi elements".

Accusing the Congress of dividing the society, Singh said when there was a controversy surrounding the 18th-century ruler of Mysuru, Tipu Sultan, the state government should have refrained from celebrating his birth anniversary.

"There were many other historical characters for celebrating their birthdays such as Kittur Rani Chennamma, the founder of Bengaluru, Kempe Gowda, and (renowned engineer) Sir M Visvesvaraya. The government wants to divide the Indian society," he added.

Singh said the government gave reservations to Muslims, even though there was no such provision in the Constitution.

"Reservation based on religion is a deception with the people of the state. The Constitution does not allow it," he added.

The Union minister said the country was scaling new heights under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Despite the GST (Goods and Services Tax) and demonetisation, various international economic organisations have projected a high economic growth rate for the country. They have even recommended such economic reforms," he added.

Regarding border security and internal peace, Singh said the way the Dokalam stand-off with China was resolved showed that India was a strong country.

"Even China realises that India is not the same anymore," he added.

Singh said the country had taken the terrorists in Kashmir head-on and curbed their activities substantially.

Karnataka's growth would be rapid if the BJP was voted to power in the state, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa too slammed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for allegedly talking about Modi in a derogatory manner.

"You (Siddaramaiah) are only a 'bachcha' (kid) in front of Prime Minister Modi. When the whole world is admiring Modi, who are you to talk about him in an insulting way," the former chief minister said.

The BJP rally here ws organised as part of "Parivarthan Yatra" with the party leaders crisscrossing the state to "expose the misdeeds" of the Siddaramaiah government ahead of the Assembly polls, due early next year.

First Published: Sun, December 17 2017. 21:47 IST