Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde has again made a controversial statement. He said that those who consider themselves as secular and intellectuals have no identity of their own and they are unaware of their roots. He also said, “that the BJP came into power to “change the constitution”. A controversy has started on this statement. In response to Hegde’s statement Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that the Union minister has not read the Constitution, he does not know the parliamentary or political language. He added, “that every citizen of the country is an Indian, and every religion has equal rights. Hegde does not even have basic information.
However, on Tuesday BJP made a distance by Union minister Ananth Kumar Hegde statement that the party will change the constitution of the country and the word ‘secular’ will be removed from it. After the Union Minister’s controversial statement, BJP spokesman Acharya Vamana, appointed for Karnataka, cleared the air by, saying, “What Hegde said, the party does not want to fall into it. Whatever he said, is not an issue for us. “He is messenger of hate”
In a special event organized by one Brahman Yuva Parishad in Koppal district of Karnataka.He said that those people who are unaware of their roots, call themselves secular, they do not have any identity of their own. They do not know their roots, but they are intellectuals. On this occasion, he launched the website of the Council of Women Wing. He further added, “that I am glad you know about the blood flowing in your veins, so I bow to you.
The 49-year-old Union Minister said, “If someone says that I am Muslim, Christian, Lingayat, Brahman or Hindu, I feel happy because they know their roots. Those who call themselves secular, I do not know what to say to them. ‘They don’t know their parentage and bloodline. They don’t know about themselves, they don’t know their parents and they call themselves secular. BJP is here to change the constitution and we will definitely change it.
The State Congress unit had said that while swearing in as the minister one takes an oath of truthful allegiance to the Constitution, calling Hegde’s remark “insulting”, the Congress had said that the BJP has now started condemning those ideas on which the Constitution is based.
Taking a jibe at Ananth Hegde, Congress also said, “that this age-old mainstream agenda of RSS- Sangh Parivar which BJP is correlating to. It is the dream of RSS it is no surprise to us.
Karnataka State Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao said, “Our country is built on the principle of secularism and it has the provision of co-existence of all castes, creeds, races and religions, that is, to be together. Our constitution is based on ideas, which BJP insulted by giving Hegde the exemption from giving abusive statements. “
Coming down heavily on Hegde, He further added, and questioned Hegde’s contribution towards the state, terming it to “zero”. He has been five-time MP but still an unknown face before his introduction to BJP government. Has he ever raised concerning issues of the Karnataka state in parliament?
Hegde has been made Union minister during the reshuffle in the Union Cabinet held in September this year. He has been elected Lok Sabha member five times from the North Karnataka constituency. The assembly elections in Karnataka are due next year, in which the BJP has already started polarizing elections. The riots in coastal Karnataka are considered to be part of the same. The challenge before the BJP is to oust the ruling Congress from power.
HD Kumaraswamy passes floor test in Karnataka Assembly, BJP walks out
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday won the trust vote in the Karnataka assembly shortly after he moved the motion of confidence. Earlier, in a dramatic turn of events, the BJP MLAs staged a walkout from the Assembly minutes ahead of the floor test.
117 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) voted in his favour enabling the JD(S)-Congress alliance to cross the simple majority mark of 112 seats.
Moving the trust vote, he thanked Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun M Kharge, who he said were the first to call him to join hands. He also said his father, former PM H D Deve Gowda, had said if I joined hands with the BJP, the entire family would disown him
The BJP MLAs walked out of the Assembly after Yeddyurappa said that his party will hold a state-wide bandh on May 28, if CM HD Kumaraswamy fails to waive off loans of farmers.
While the Congress has 78 MLAs, Kumaraswamy’s JD(S) has 36, and BSP 1. The alliance has also claimed support of the lone KPJP MLA and an independent. Kumaraswamy had won from two constituencies. The BJP has 104 MLAs.
HDK faces floor test today; expected to sail through
The three-day old Congress-Janata Dal (Secular coalition government in the southern Indian state of Karnataka headed by H D Kumaraswamy is facing a floor test on Friday which it is widely expected to sail through, barring any unforeseeable events, ending the 10-day political uncertainty in the state.
The election for the post of Speaker will precede the vote of confidence, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielding its candidate S Suresh Kumar to take on senior Congress party leader Ramesh Kumar.
With the numbers game tilted in favour of the coalition, 58-year old Kumaraswamy looks to be sitting pretty to win the trial of strength.
Kumaraswamy was sworn in as chief minister on Wednesday with a galaxy of leaders of non-BJP parties in attendance.
The Congress has 78 MLAs, Kumaraswamy’s JD(S) 36, and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) 1.
The alliance has also claimed support of the lone KPJP MLA and an Independent. Kumaraswamy had won two seats.
This is the second floor test in less than a week after BJP strongman B S Yeddyurappa had stepped down last Saturday, two days after he assumed office as the chief minister, without going through the motions of a floor test.
The 224-member Assembly has an effective strength of 221, as election for Jayanagar seat was countermanded following the death of the BJP candidate, and deferred in RR Nagar over allegations of electoral malpractices.
The Congress and JD(S) MLAs who have been confined to a hotel and a resort fearing poaching attempts by the BJP were brought in buses to the Vidhana Soudha, the seat of state legislature.
After taking oath, Kumaraswamy had voiced confidence about winning the floor test, but said he had an apprehension that the BJP would try to repeat “Operation Kamala” to bring down his government.
The term “Operation Kamala” or “Operation Lotus” was coined in 2008, when Yeddyurappa took over as the chief minister.
The party was short of three MLAs for a simple majority.
As part of “Operation Kamala”, named after the BJP’s election symbol lotus, some Congress and JD(S) MLAs were persuaded to join the saffron party, relinquish their membership of the Assembly, and re-contest elections.
Their victory made up for the shortfall in numbers.
Suresh Kumar, a fifth term MLA, has said that based on the strength of numbers and various other factors, his party leaders have confidence that he would win.
The BJP is the single largest party in the Assembly with 104 MLAs.
Kumaraswamy will likely have a smooth sailing during the confidence vote but expanding the ministry may be a ticklish and complicated issue with signs of inner contradictions within the coalition already surfacing.
Senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar, who was widely credited with having kept the flock of party MLAs together amid claims of attempted poaching by the BJP, is reportedly not happy after being ignored for the deputy chief minister’s post that went to the party’s Dalit face G Parameshwara.
“Is it the same for those who win one seat and those who win the state? I have not come to politics to take sanyas. I will play chess not football,” Shivakumar had said.
In an indication of the tough challenges ahead for Kumaraswamy, deputy chief minister and KPCC president G Parameshwara said on Thursday that the coalition was yet to discuss the tenure of the JD(S) leader as the chief minister.
“We have not yet discussed those modalities,” he had said in response to a question about whether Kumaraswamy will be the chief minister for full five years.
Deputy CM says full 5-year term for Kumaraswamy not final
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will face a floor test today which he is widely expected to sail through, barring any unforeseeable events, ending the 10-day political uncertainty in the state. Ahead of this, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara made a surprising comment on the formation of the government and said that they have not yet discussed those modalities for a full five-year term.
“We have not yet discussed those modalities,” he said in response to a question whether Mr Kumaraswamy will be the Chief Minister for a full five-year term.
When asked again whether Congress was okay with giving chief minister’s post to JD(S) for full a five-year term, Parameshwara, also the KPCC chief, said ” … after discussing … looking at the pros and cons (we will decide), our main intention is to give good administration.”
Ahead of his swearing-in, Mr Kumaraswamy had dismissed reports about his party working out a power-sharing formula of heading the government for 30 months each, with its coalition partner the Congress, saying “No such talks have taken place.”
After taking the oath, Kumaraswamy had voiced confidence about winning the floor test but said he had an apprehension that the BJP would try to repeat “Operation Kamala” to bring down his government.
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