The ruling BJP and the opposition Congress have locked horns over the issue of extending help to the families of the persons arrested for indulging in large-scale violence.
Congress MLA and former minister B.Z. Zameer Ahmad Khan has announced that he will help the mothers and children of the persons arrested in Hubballi. He has also stated that he will distribute food kits and Rs 5,000 cash to every family in Mastaan Shah Shaadi Mahal near Kasaba police station in Hubballi.
BJP National General Secretary and MLA, C.T. Ravi speaking on Friday took exception to it and stated that the Congress’s role repeatedly comes into the open on such occasions. After the violence at DJ Halli-KG Halli and Padarayanapura, where agitators torched the police station and the sitting MLA’s house, the Congress played a similar role in helping the accused families. The party gives monetary support and legal help through advocates, he added.
Congress MLA Zameer’s name had also came to the front then also. Now also his name has come out for similar reasons. “He is the one pinching the baby and he is the one who is comforting the baby also,” Ravi said.
“Congress wants to cause communal clashes to strengthen its vote bank. There were rumours of Congress supporting the hijab controversy from behind. They stood for the hijab and extended legal help. The advocates who argued for hijab charge Rs 50 lakh and they were in close touch with the Congress party. If we observe these developments, the role of the Congress is clear in the hijab crisis and the series of incidents of communal violence in the state,” he claimed.
Congress MLA Khan stated that he will pray to Allah and ask him to punish those guilty as well as guide them on the right path during the sacred month of Ramzan. Help will be extended to the families whose earning members have been jailed. This should not be misunderstood. Those who are guilty let them be punished, he added.
Meanwhile, Opposition Congress leader Siddaramaiah distanced himself from the issue of Khan distributing food kits and cash to the families of the arrested persons. Siddaramaiah maintained that he wouldn’t react on the issue.