Amid the reports of BJP high command’s directive to keep governance above ‘halal’ and ‘hijab’ issues, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said his government had nothing to do with the campaign calling for a ban on the Waqf Board.
Pramod Muthalik, chief of the Sri Rama Sene, had demanded that Karnataka should ban the Waqf Board. Bommai said, “People practise their respective traditions. The government is being run in accordance with the laws. The government has nothing to do with these campaigns (that call for ban on Waqf Board). All are equal in the government’s view. Maintaining law and order is our objective.”
Karnataka has lately seen several campaigns by Hindu right-wing groups, calling for boycott of halal meat and ban on Muslim traders at temple fairs.
On Wednesday, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) issued a circular prohibiting animal slaughter and the sale of meat on Ram Navami. A BBMP official said such an order is issued every year. “The sale of meat is banned on at least eight occasions in a year,” the official said.
Meanwhile, Hindu right-wing activists on Saturday reportedly vandalised a fruit shop and pushcarts belonging to Muslim fruit vendors near Sri Nuggikeri Hanumantha temple in Dharwad area of the state.
Nabisab, a watermelon trader, told the media, “About 8-10 people came and vandalised the entire store. They destroyed around five quintals of watermelons. I have been doing business in front of the temple for the last 15 years without a problem,” he said.
Dharward SP P Krishnakanth told The Indian Express that a case was registered and investigations were on.
Prohibitory orders after stone-pelting during ‘shobha yatra’
Tension prevailed in Mulbagal area in Kolar district after stone-pelting during a Ram Navami ‘shobha yatra’ on Friday night. Five people were detained even as prohibitory orders were enforced, police officials said. Windshields of at least two cars got damaged in the incident, besides minor injuries to some youths, officials said, adding, a two-wheeler was also set ablaze.
Kolar SP D Devaraj said, “As there was a power outage, miscreants may have taken advantage. We are looking into it.”