MP Renukacharya, Karnataka Chief Minister’s political adviser has stirred controversy with his remarks over mosques at a pro-Citizenship Amendment Act rally in Karnataka on Monday, January 21.
While addressing the gathering in support of the new citizenship law, Bhartiya Janata Party lawmaker said "There are a few traitors who sit in a masjid and write fatwas. They collect weapons inside the mosque instead of praying. Is this why you want a Masjid?”
He went on to say that he won't hesitate to use the money allotted to Muslims for Hindus. "I will resort to such politics in my taluk where the money allotted for Muslims can be used for Hindus. I will put you [Muslims] in your place and show what politics is," said Renukacharya.
Earlier, Somashekar Reddy, a BJP MLA had made a controversial remark at a pro-citizenship law protest in Ballari when he almost threatened those opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and asked them to think of the "consequences" if the majority community members hit the streets against them.
"If you do any drama, then if 100 per cent people come, understand what will be your situation. Congress people are lying to you, believing them you are coming on streets. We are 80 per cent, you are 17 percent, if we react, what will be your situation? Be careful," Reddy had said.
A case was filed against Somashekar Reddy for the alleged provocative speech targeting those protesting against the amended citizenship law.