A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his closing election rally earlier than the May 10 Karnataka elections, accused the Congress of brazenly advocating for “separating” Karnataka from India, the Bharatiya Janata Party has written to the Election Commission of India demanding “instant and agency” motion towards Congress and its former president Sonia Gandhi for her “sovereignty” comment at a ballot rally.
“The Congress is not going to enable anybody to pose a risk to Karnataka’s fame, sovereignty or integrity,” a May 6 tweet by the Congress quoted Sonia Gandhi, which evoked sharp assaults by the BJP and the PM.
CPP Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi ji sends a powerful message to six.5 crore Kannadigas:
“The Congress is not going to enable anybody to pose a risk to Karnataka’s fame, sovereignty or integrity.” pic.twitter.com/W6HjKYWjLa
— Congress (@INCIndia) May 6, 2023
“Such a tweet is well-considered evil design to impress the staunch nationalists, peace-loving, progressive and globally recognised folks of Karnataka. The intent apparently is to disturb the equanimity, concord and peace that obtains in Karnataka simply to garner the votes and help of some choose communities or teams, whose sole objective and intent is to disrupt the very being of the Indian State,” the BJP mentioned in its letter to the ballot physique.
It additional mentioned the grand outdated social gathering’s “normal and rising impression” is one in every of a celebration that all the time sides with forces which might be inimical and against the Indian state.
Calling Mrs Gandhi’s comment “unlucky and inappropriate”, the BJP mentioned even remotely suggesting secession to the folks of Karnataka, “who have been on the forefront of India’s Independence motion and who’ve post-independence led within the fields of artwork, tradition, training, trade & commerce”, quantities to insulting and humiliating them.
“Karnataka is a vital member state within the Union of India and any name to guard the sovereignty of a member State of the Union of India quantities to a name for secession and is fraught with perilous & pernicious penalties,” the BJP letter mentioned, detaining usually accepted necessities of a sovereign state.
Sonia Gandhi’s name to guard the sovereignty of Karnataka follows a sample of “mischievous and intentional indiscretions” dedicated by the Congress social gathering, the BJP mentioned, accusing it of supporting secessionist our bodies or actions just like the banned Popular Front of India (PFI) or “tukde tukde gang”.
BJP demanded that the Election Commission revoke the registration of the social gathering “that acts in clear violation of the necessary Oath of upholding the Sovereignty, Unity & Integrity of India” and applicable preventive and punitive motion in accordance with the Model Code of Conduct.
Describing Mrs Gandhi’s assertion as “surprising and unacceptable”, Union Minister Shobha Karandlaje, who filed the grievance, mentioned she had violated provisions of the Model Code of Conduct and requested the EC to take stringent motion towards her for making “such an announcement”.
Karandlaje, Convener of the BJP Election Management Committee, additionally requested the EC to subject course to register FIR towards her and take exemplary punitive motion.
“This is an insult to freedom fighters from Karnataka, who fought for India’s independence. It is an insult to crores of patriotic Kannadigas, who swear by India and cherish their Indian-ness,” mentioned the Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.
A BJP delegation led by Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav, Jitendra Singh, BJP General Secretary Tarun Chugh, National Chief Spokesperson Anil Baluni, and Om Pathak from the BJP’s central disciplinary committee met the Election Commission at the moment to submit this letter.
PM Modi had at a public assembly in Mysuru district yesterday alleged that the “illness” of the “tukde-tukde gang” had reached the Congress’s high stage.
“When it involves working towards India’s pursuits, Congress’s ‘royal household’ might be on the forefront. I need to discuss a severe subject right here, I need to say it as there may be plenty of ache in my coronary heart. This nation can by no means forgive such a sport. This household, to affect the politics within the nation, is encouraging overseas forces to intrude,” PM Modi claimed.
The PM accused the Congress of secretly assembly overseas diplomats who hate India and repeatedly indulging in actions that insult India’s sovereignty, and mentioned they weren’t ashamed of it.