Karnataka: Miffed at CM’s Promise of Grant to Minorities, VHP Seeks Govt’s Dismissal

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The Hindutva group also rakes up the issue of Muslim preacher’s alleged links to a terror outfits. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah writes to PM on BJP leader’s allegations.

Team Clarion

MANGALURU — Miffed at Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s recent announcement to sanction Rs 10,000 crore for minorities in the state, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has urged Governor Thaawar Chand Gehlot to dismiss the government.

The promise made by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is against the principles of the Constitution, VHP leader Sharan Pumpwell said here on Friday. A memorandum demanding the dismissal of the government on this count was sent to the governor through the deputy commissioner.

“As per Article 29, any section of the citizens residing in the territory of India or any part thereof having a distinct language, script or culture of its own shall have the right to conserve the same. However, there is no provision for the government to earmark separate grants. Meanwhile, Article 30 ensures the right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions, but there is no provision to sanction special grants to Muslims. The government’s proposal to sanction a huge grant for Muslims is anti-constitutional. Hence, the Siddaramaiah government should be dismissed,” media reports quoted the VHP leader as saying.

The VHP has also demanded a high-level investigation into the allegation of the chief minister sharing the dais with an alleged Islamic State (IS) supporter during the South India conference of Muslim religious heads held in Hubballi earlier this month.

Media reports suggest that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah shared the dais with a Muslim leader, who has links to terrorist organisations, during the conference held in Hubballi on December 4, Sharan alleged.

Bharatiya Janata Party legislator, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, has shared a picture on X of the terror link of Muslim leader Maulvi Tanveer Pasha, a.k.a. Tanveer Peera, Sharan alleged, and demanded a high-level probe into it.

Meanwhile, the chief minister has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order a probe into Yatnal’s allegations. Siddaramaiah said he has openly acknowledged his friendship with Maulvi Tanveer Pasha.

“Should there be any truth to the claims about Maulvi Tanveer Hashmi’s connections with IS, it’s imperative for the prime minister to order a thorough investigation and disclose any related details. If this is not done, then action must be taken against Yatnal for making such false accusations,” the chief minister said.

Tanveer Peera, a preacher and an Islamic spiritual leader, has also thrown a challenge at Yatnal to prove allegations that he was connected with terror outfits.

If terror link allegations were proven against him, he would leave the country and if not then the BJP leader should resign and go to Pakistan, Tanveer Peera said in a statement issued in Vijayapura on Thursday.

The MLA had also shot a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and shared pictures of Tanveer Peera on his alleged recent visits to the Middle East and meeting terror sympathisers and radical operatives.

“There is no truth in the allegations made against me by Yatnal. I had taken part as the chief guest in the convention held in Hubballi on December 4. Various preachers from Dargahs, CM Siddaramaiah, Minister of Law H.K. Patil, other ministers and MLAs were present. The CM is not confined to any community or society. It was the duty of the CM to serve all religions and castes,” Tanveer Peera stated.

“Not able to tolerate the growing stature of CM Siddaramaiah, MLA Yatnal has made allegations against me. He has given statements against the Muslim community. This is done only for political mileage,” he charged.

“Let Yatnal provide all documents to the central and state investigating agencies and prove IS connection in a week. He should release the evidence to prove that I have connections with terrorists. Otherwise, he should resign from his MLA post and go to Pakistan,” Tanveer Peera was quoted as saying.

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