Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Pratap Simha from Mysuru-Kodagu on Monday denounced the state government led by Basavaraj Bommai over the killing of a Bajrang Dal activist.
Activist Harsha, 23, was stabbed to death by unidentified people in Shivamogga district of Karnataka on Sunday evening.
Simha said it was very painful to see Harsha’s body, but at the same time he was ashamed that even after the BJP government came to power, the same situation continues.
“When all of our workers were murdered, we used to blame the KFD (Karnataka Forum for Dignity, which later merged into the People’s Front of India), SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India) and then ruling Siddaramaiah . That they were responsible. Now it’s our government,” Simha said.
He added that this talk of keeping the peace despite violations during the hijab row without action makes it harder for workers to believe in the party.
“For Harsha they said they would take strict action and would our workers believe it? When are we going to act? That’s why I’m ashamed,” the MP said.
The statements add pressure on Bommai, who has come under attack from his supporters since taking office in July last year, replacing BS Yediyurappa.
Bommai has worked to keep his supporters and cabinet informed of growing corruption scandals, including the alleged laundering of ill-gotten money via Bitcoin, the commission responsible for awarding public contracts, requests for rebookings of mainstream communities, including the Panchamasali, the expanding cabinet, and its desire to be the face of the 2023 parliamentary elections.
In 2018, Simha was among four BJP leaders who started a march from Kodagu to Mangaluru to rally support against Siddaramaiah following the alleged murder of Hindu workers under the Congress government between 2013 and 2018.
On July 8, 2017, Shobha Karandlaje, then MP for Udupi-Chikmagalur (now Minister of State), submitted a list to then Home Minister Rajnath Singh in which she alleged that 23 Hindus had been “murdered” in Karnataka since 2015 as a means of targeting then-Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
Its list even included those who died by suicide, but its tone and tenor remained firm, making one defiant statement after another, often referring to killings by “jihadists”.