PFI, SDPI ‘B’ team of BJP: Siddaramaiah

Source: TNN | Published on 23rd February 2021, 11:49 AM | Coastal News |

Mangaluru: Opposition leader Siddaramaiah on Monday alleged that Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) were the B-Team of the BJP.

Speaking after inaugurating an integrity convention held as part of the installation ceremony of newly elected office-bearers of the Dakshina Kannada District Congress Minority Cell, here on Monday, Siddaramaiah said the government should ban PFI and SDPI.

"Home minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that the government has sufficient grounds to ban the organisations. It was the BJP government that gave permission for the PFI to hold a rally in Ullal (where a PFI leader allegedly made a speech against RSS in connection with the construction of temple in Ayodhya). BJP is in power and what prevents them is to ban PFI ? Both the organisations have been helping the BJP from behind, he alleged adding chief minister B S Yediyurappa has said that those organisations are involved in D J Halli and K G Halli violence in Bengaluru. Hence, let the government ban those organisations," Siddaramaiah said.

On Bihar election, Siddaramaiah said that AIMIM is a similar party that helped BJP in Bihar. They fielded candidates only to split Muslim votes and thereby help BJP to win more seats. Similarly, BJP is securing votes with the help of PFI and SDPI here, he said.

On Karnataka's anti-cow slaughter law, the Congress leader said that 90% of the beef exporters in India are BJP supporters. Let them stop the export of beef, he challenged the BJP.

KPCC working president Saleem Ahmed said the Congress will launch a mass protest if the government tries to withdraw the 4% reservation given to minority communities. "It was the then chief minister M Veerappa Moily who announced 4% reservation for minority communities. Now the BJP leaders are planning to withdraw this reservation. BJP is an anti-minority party. While the Siddaramaiah government had reserved Rs 2,000 crore in the budget for the welfare of minorities, the BJP government has earmarked only Rs 800 crore," he added.

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