A leader of The Bharat Express News Mahasabha was arrested in Mangaluru with his two associates, a day after threatening Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai over the demolition of the temple, saying: “We did not spare Gandhiji, who are you?
Dharmendra, secretary general of state for the outfit, made the remarks at a press conference on the temple demolition issue that has embarrassed the BJP government.
The government has been criticized from several sides for the demolition of a temple in Nanjangud, Mysuru, following a directive from the Supreme Court.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Dharmendra said, “We will not allow this (the demolition of the temple). We did not spare Gandhiji, who are you then? If Gandhiji could be assassinated, do you think we would not? consider the same for you?
“Please remember that it will become very difficult for you Basavaraj Bommai, BS Yediyurappa and Shashikala Jolle. You have already stolen eggs and made money from them. At least spare the temples. We are already. sued you for the egg scandal, “he said, referring to allegations of corruption in the distribution of eggs to Anganwadi children.
Referring to the court’s decision to demolish illegally built temples, he said, “The question is whether the courts are for the people or the people are for the courts. It is a majority country divided along lines of religion. where should we go? “
“The courts should respond. Widening of the road, you say, but in some places the prayer rooms are in the middle of the roads. you get income. This is not an order from the SC but an attempt to appease Muslims and Christians, an attack on Hindus so that minorities are influenced. Hindu Mahasabha condemns it, ”said Dharmendra.
He then announced a protest on the issue on Wednesday and said they would hold protests in all districts until the next election. “You have two faces. People should know that,” he said.
Later, speaking to The Bharat Express News, he said the reference to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination did not mean he was threatening the Chief Minister or anyone else. “It was an expression of anger,” he said.
Besides Dharmendra, his associates Rajesh Pavitran and Prem Poolali were arrested. The case registered against them by the Mangalore police invoked Sections 120 (B) of the IPC (criminal association), 153 (A) (fostering enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.), 505 (2) (statements leading to public mischief) 506 (criminal intimidation), among others.