Bangalore, Karnataka News Highlights: The Karnataka government has notified the Karnataka Protection of Freedom of Religion Act, 2022. The anti-conversion law was passed by the state legislature during the recently held monsoon session.
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In other news, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Friday began the 21-day Karnataka leg of his Bharat Jodo Yatraand is set to travel by foot 511 kilometres in seven districts of the state before entering Telangana. The Congress state unit will look to make full use of the yatra to galvanise its members and gather support among the public ahead of the Legislative Assembly election.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka High Court Friday quashed government notification for OBC and women reservations for Bengaluru city council BBMP polls on grounds that it was not done scientifically and does not comply with the triple test norm prescribed by Supreme Court. Orders fresh notification to be issued by November 30 and BBMP polls to be held by December 31. BBMP polls are due from 2020 September.
Bengaluru News Highlights: Karnataka govt notifies Protection of Freedom of Religion Act; Rahul Gandhi set to cover 511 km in 7 districts for Bharat Jodo Yatra; Bengaluru's Cubbon Park to get a makeover. More updates below.
Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy Tuesday asked the government to reveal the reasons for the raids on Popular Front of India (PFI) leaders.
“If the (state) government fails to do so, we will have to believe that these raids are being conducted to divert attention from the allegations of corruption against the government,” the former chief minister said.
“The government should reveal the details of the discoveries made and other documents to the people of the state. If they fail to reveal the truth behind the raids, people will suspect that these raids are being made to divert attention from the ‘PayCM’ campaign of the Congress,” he said.
The headmaster of a government school in Karnataka’s Gadag district was allegedly heckled by activists of Sri Rama Sene, a Right-wing outfit, Tuesday after he asked the students to write an essay on Prophet Muhammed. The activists also accused the headmaster of facilitating religious conversion of the students.
The incident took place in the Government High School in Nagavi village. The activists barged into the school and heckled headmaster Abdul Munafar Bijapur, leaving the rest of the people in the school of 172 students “in a state of shock”.
According to Abdul, a week ago someone known came to him and offered to sponsor money for an essay competition. “In order to improve handwriting among students, we organised an essay competition based on the book named nalleged that I was promoting Islam which is incorrect.”
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