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Demand for ‘bulldozer model’ against communal violence surges in BJP state

Bangalore, April 20 (IANS): The ruling BJP in Karnataka is under pressure to emulate Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s “bulldozer model” in dealing with those involved in communal violence, party sources say.

Yogi Adityanath’s model of confiscation or demolition of property and other measures against anti-social elements which has caused controversy in the nation is known as the “bulldozer model”. It has also been embraced by the ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh. With a series of community incidents in the state, the ruling BJP leaders are calling for the same measures in Karnataka.

BJP State Chairman Nalin Kumar Kateel and Energy Minister V. Sunil Kumar have warned that if people do not cooperate to keep the peace, they will have to cooperate with the bulldozers. However, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai clarified that the situation in the state did not warrant such action.

However, he said damage to public property should be paid for by the rioters. Sunil Kumar said that during the tenure of the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government, 1,500 cases against Indian Popular Front (PFI) workers were withdrawn. The seeds of poison were then sown, he said.

The ruling BJP has given the police carte blanche to launch an action against the rioters. The police also invoked the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against the accused in a murder case of a Bajrang Dal activist. The opposition Congress has previously expressed concern over the arrest of innocent people in connection with the Hubballi violence.

Sources within the state BJP say that since the assembly elections are fast approaching, Bommai is under pressure to take more ruthless measures. The move would polarize the majority of Hindu voters and also help maintain law and order in the state, they say.