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Karnataka: Vokkaliga community unites against Shivakumar’s arrest; accuses BJP of ‘misusing’ agencies

Vokkaliga or Gowda (landowning) neighborhood, led by a number of co-organisations, the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), protested towards the arrest of Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar.

They termed the BJP a ‘coward party’ which couldn’t “finish” former minister DK Shivakumar politically, and has now, in keeping with them, resorted to cornering him by unleashing Revenue-Tax division (I-T) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) on him.

About 30,000 folks belonging to the neighborhood and supporters from throughout the State converged at Nationwide Faculty Grounds and marched by means of Bengaluru’s important streets to achieve Freedom Park. The protesters have been primarily from old-Mysore districts — Bengaluru rural, Ramanagara, Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagara and Hassan. They raised slogans towards the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dwelling Minister Amit Shah and some State BJP leaders.

Forward of the march, leaders primarily from the Congress and the JD(S), chopping throughout events, addressed the gathering and lashed out towards the BJP. Former minister Krishna Byre Gowda claimed that the Union authorities had been utilizing central companies such because the ED and the I-T Division as ‘hunting dogs’. Terming Shivakumar’s arrest ‘vendetta politics’, he stated that the BJP was preventing him like a coward since they may not combat him politically. Former Congress minister Ramalinga Reddy stated the BJP is pursuing “vendetta politics and it would boomerang” on it.

DK Shivakumar, who’s in ED custody, tweeted: “I wholeheartedly thank leaders, supporters, well-wishers and friends who have organised a massive protest in my support in Bengaluru. I humbly request that the protest be peaceful & doesn’t cause any inconvenience to citizens. Please ensure the public property isn’t harmed.”

BJP leaders’ denial

Ministers CN Ashwath Narayan, R Ashoka and CT Ravi publicly denied that the BJP is focusing on Shivakumar and the neighborhood.

Vokkaliga leaders within the BJP and likewise expressed involved over how the problem has acquired ‘caste colour’, and the protests by their neighborhood towards the “misuse of central agencies”.

Ashoka stated it was shameful that the Congress was making it an “issue of caste”. “The ED arrested Shivakumar for suspected illegal transactions. Neither the BJP nor the Union government has a role in his arrest. Investigative agencies act within the framework of the Constitution,” he tweeted. Ravi known as upon the Vokkaliga leaders “to think realistically and not emotionally”.

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