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Chief Minister warns Bajrang Dal

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, OCT. 31. The State Government would not allow organisations fanning communalism such as the Bajrang Dal and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to use the Datta Peetha Shobha Yatra to stoke tension and incite violence, the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, said here today.

Speaking at the 20th death anniversary function of the former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, organised by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr. Singh declared that the arrest of the Bajrang Dal leader, Pramod Mutalik, on grounds of trying to create communal tension was meant to demonstrate the determination of the Government to keep such elements at bay.

"We will never hesitate to decimate the elements that seek to shake the social and secular fabric," he said.

Dig at BJP

Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party which had warned of a massive revolution in the event of Sonia Gandhi becoming Prime Minister five months ago, the Chief Minister said: "The BJP appears to have gone into penance mode in the Himalayas."

The minorities and the backward classes trusted only the Congress, Mr. Singh said and claimed that the party had rejuvenated itself under the leadership of Ms. Sonia Gandhi.

Hindutva

He wondered why the BJP, which was now seeking to bring Hindutva back on its agenda under its new president, L.K. Advani, after abandoning that cause during the elections held in April-May this year.

The President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), B. Janardhana Poojary, called for concerted efforts from the party rank and file to nip communalism in the bud.

The Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, K. Rahman Khan, the former Minister and KPCC President, Allum Veerabhadrappa, the former Minister for Large and Medium-scale Industries, R.V. Deshpande, the party leaders, Chandraprabha Urs, H. Hanumanthappa, Prakash Rathod, Ramachandrappa, Saleem Ahmed, the legislators, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Ramalinga Reddy, Chandrashekar, N.L. Narendra Babu, and others were present.

Show

A show on national integration by artistes of the Sri Murugarajendra Math and a documentary on the life and times of Indira Gandhi added an interesting touch to the occasion.

Tributes

At another function held in the Vidhana Soudha, the Chief Minister garlanded a portrait of Indira Gandhi.

The Minister for Large-and Medium-scale Industries, P.G.R. Sindhia, also offered floral tributes to the late Prime Minister. The Chief Secretary, K.K. Misra, the Additional Chief Secretary, Vijay Gore, and other officials attended the function.

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