BJP MP from Mysuru Pratap Simha on Wednesday urged Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai to deal with the perpetrators of August 11 Bengaluru violence with a stern hand like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath did.
Simha, who expressed shock over the incident, said, "I don't understand why one would burn down an MLA's house and vandalise police station and public property over an offensive post on Islam shared on social media. Why do they take law into their hands and attack the Hindu community? Have you heard of Hindus attacking Muslims when M.F. Hussain painted Hindu goddesses in a derogatory manner? I am opposed to this mindset of supporting the goons. They need to be taught a good lesson. A leader like Yogi Adityanath is needed to handle such goons."
Simha, who felt that the government was going too soft on criminals, said, "I would like to ask our chief minister and the home minister, what do they mean by saying they would take ruthless action against the culprits? A police constable is enough to book cases under IPC for arson and loot. It is time the government brought an ordinance to recover the cost of the damage inflicted on public property from these miscreants like in Uttar Pradesh," said Simha.
The two-time MP reminded the Yediyurappa government that outfits like the SDPI were linked to several instances of violence in the past too.
"We have lost more than a dozen party workers to the SDPI and PFI attacks in Mangaluru, Kodagu, Mysuru and Bengaluru in the past. Even a senior Congress member and MLA Tanveer Sait was attacked by them. They were emboldened after the Siddaramaiah government withdrew 175 criminal cases against 1,600 miscreants belonging to the SDPI and KFD in 2015," alleged the journalist-turned-politician.
"The state government should recommend the Centre to ban outfits like SDPI and KFD immediately," said Simha.