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Karnataka Won’t Accept Corrosive Politics Of BJP-RSS: Mallikarjun Kharge

BJP's ideology threatens Constitution and endorses Hindutva, which will not be accepted by the people in Karnataka, says Kharge.

Karnataka Election results will show the Bharatiya Janata Party that people will not accept their politics, which is based on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s right-wing ideology, senior Congress leader M Mallikarjun Kharge has said.

Kharge said the May 12 polls are an “ideological fight” between the Congress and the BJP-RSS who are taking people for a ride. “They (RSS-BJP) are implementing their own agenda. Weaker sections and minorities feel insecure under the BJP and RSS-supported government,” he said.

They (BJP-RSS) are planning to launch a Hindutva campaign against minorities and trying to change the core principles of the Constitution, he said. “If you don’t prevent BJP here (in Karnataka), then definitely they will destroy democracy,” Kharge told PTI.

BJP leader and Union minister Ananth Hegde had said last year that the BJP-RSS wants to change the Constitution. “Some people say the Constitution says secular and you must accept it,” Hegde had said. “We will respect the Constitution, but the Constitution has changed several times and it will change in the future too. We are here to change the Constitution and we’ll change it.”

Speaking in Mysuru on Monday, Kharge said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee had also formed a committee under a retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to review the Constitution. But the process was stopped owing to protests from various sections of society.

Kharge said the Karnataka election is “very crucial” not only for the State but also from the national perspective and a hung verdict, as some surveys have predicted, may not be likely. The findings of such surveys depend on their own terms of reference and on the parameters used to conduct them, Kharge said, adding that they are not known to be always correct. Karnataka is ‘ahead’ in development, and on law and order, investment and employment-generation fronts and, so, the ruling Congress will be “ahead” in the elections also, Kharge said.

The BJP-led NDA has not fulfilled its election promises, he said while the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka has implemented several schemes and welfare programmes.

The BJP has deployed 30 to 40 Central ministers and about 100 ministers from various states to campaign in Karnataka besides drafting RSS workers for door-to-door canvassing. “This itself shows that they (BJP) are afraid of the Congress,” Kharge added.

The coming election is “very important and crucial” as it would send a “message” that “whatever the BJP is doing, on the advice of RSS, people are not going to accept”, he said.

Accusing the BJP of trying to weaken institutions, including the judiciary, Kharge said people will be happy if such a party is defeated at the hustings. “This will teach them a lesson to mend (ways), (and) to act according to the Constitutional methods,” he added.

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