Siddaramaiah said the book about him titled "Siddu Nijakanasugalu" is with an intention to humiliate him ahead of the Assembly polls in Karnataka and termed it "totally defamatory".
BENGALURU — The Congress in Karnataka has lodged a police complaint against the release of a book that allegedly contains derogatory, imaginary and provocative writings on opposition leader Siddaramaiah.
The party has demanded that the police should stop the release of the book, titled ‘Siddu Nija Kanasugalu’, at an event at the Town Hall here on Monday.
Soorya Mukundaraj, General Secretary of State Congress Legal Cell, said that the book also contains a distorted image of Siddaramaiah on its cover page.
The programme will be attended by the Minister for Higher Education Dr. C.N. Ashwathnarayan, Chalawadi Narayanaswamy and Rohit Chakrathirtha, former President of Textbook Syllabus Revision Committee, who created a huge controversy, he explained.
He further stated that the invitees have a track record of putting false messages on social media and target one particular community to create a law and order situation in the state.
“This time also, there is an intention to stir communal peace by projecting Siddaramaiah in a certain way, which leads to communal disturbance in the society,” Soorya Mukundaraj stated.
“If permission is given for this programme, it should be withdrawn and direction should be given for the organisers to cancel the book release programme.”
The complaint was lodged atthe S.J. Park police station in Bengaluru.
Siddaramaiah is known for his poignant attacks on the RSS, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Recently, he had equated Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to a puppy in front of Modi and stirred a controversy.
Later, he went on defending his statement and quipped that what he said was correct and he cannot equate Bommai to a lion or tiger.
Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah on Monday said the book about him titled “Siddu Nijakanasugalu” is with an intention to humiliate him ahead of the Assembly polls in Karnataka and termed it “totally defamatory”.
“I don’t know, everything is yellow for those with a jaundiced eye. Who wore the dress like Tipu (18th century ruler of erstwhile Mysuru Kingdom Tipu Sultan) and held a sword in their hand, it was Yediyurappa and Shobha Karandlaje. Who wrote the foreword for Sheikh Ali’s book on Tipu, isn’t it duality?” Siddaramaiah asked, alleging BJP role behind the book.
“Purposely to humiliate me ahead of the elections, they are bringing out a book. It is totally defamatory. I will see what is to be done legally,” he added. — IANS (With inputs from PTI)
Photo: The book, titled ‘Siddu Nija Kanasugalu’ contains a distorted image of Siddaramaiah on its cover page.