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Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai after being appointed as the co-president of Karnataka BJP in poll-bound Karnataka, is making his presence felt in the state too.
Annamalai has written to the Chief Justice of Tamil Nadu, Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari, apprising him of the events that led to the threats issued by some people against the Chief Justice of Karnataka Justice Ritu Raj Awasti and two of his colleagues justice Krishna Dixit, and justice Jaibunnisa Mohiuddin. The full bench had delivered the verdict on students wearing hijab in Karnataka, and were targeted for this reason.
Annamalai, who was formerly Superintendent of Police, an IPS officer of the Karnataka cadre, stated in his letter that “On 5th February 2022, the Karnataka Government issued an order which suggested that wearing hijabs can be restricted in government colleges where uniforms are prescribed — and ruled that “prescription of a school uniform” is a “reasonable restriction” that is “Constitutionally permissible”.
“Ever since this issue surfaced in Karnataka, some self-proclaimed radical elements and a few political commentators from Tamil Nadu made scathing remarks against the order released by Karnataka Government and later against the verdict delivered by the Honourable High Court of Karnataka,” the letter states.
Annamalai has written to the Chief Justice of Tamil Nadu, Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari, appraising him of the events that led to the threats issued by some people against the Chief Justice of Karnataka Justice Ritu Raj Awasti and two of his colleagues justice Krishna Dixit, and justice Jaibunnisa Mohiuddin
The TN BJP chief’s observations on political movements in Karnataka, particularly in the coastal region have thrown open a few issues that are likely to help Karnataka BJP nullify charges made by the Congress party on the coast against BJP’s legislators and leaders.
“When I was the Superintendent of Police in Udupi and put in charge of Dakshina Kannada to quell mobs at many places in Bantwal taluk, I gathered information on how and why the communal flare-up took place in Bantwal so many times. I even gathered information on how the real culprits escaped and how many times the leaders used to call the police to not to file charges against Congress workers,” says Annamalai.
In the most recent instance of alleged attacks on Bihari labourers in Chennai, the Tamil Nadu police on Sunday, March 5, lodged a complaint against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president K Annamalai for allegedly inciting violence and fostering animosity between two groups. The BJP chief is being sued because of a press statement he made in which he accused the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government of engaging in violence against migrant workers.
“The people of Tamil Nadu accept migrant workers and appreciate their contributions to the state,” Annamalai said in a press statement on March 4. “This hate speech started because of the DMK’s anti-Hindi stance.”
He claimed that the current situation was a result of the DMK culture, which according to him scorns the work that migrant workers do and mocks North Indians in the name of opposing Hindi. He also accused DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran, Ministers K Ponmudy and P Moorthy, and VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan of allegedly making hate speeches against migrant workers.
TN BJP chief’s observations on political movements in Karnataka, particularly in the coastal region have thrown open a few issues that are likely to help Karnataka BJP nullify charges made by the Congress party on the coast against BJP’s legislators and leaders.
Annamalai also claimed that Chief Minister M K Stalin did not address these incidents, and that people began to believe the fake news about attacks on migrant labourers because of DMK’s anti-Hindi stance. Additionally, he stated that it was the DMK’s duty to respond to such remarks and allay the current anxiety.
On social media, the BJP leader added, “The division that DMK always stood for is coming back to bite them. It is now their responsibility to fix this situation and it is an opportunity for them to stop their useless propaganda.”
The BJP in Karnataka is regrouping on the coastal side to hold protests against the action of Tamil Nadu police on Annamalai and soon this is going to be a poll issue too, say political pundits in Karnataka.
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