Bommai questions Rahul Gandhi’s silence over Jarkiholi’s remarks

Bommai questions Rahul Gandhi’s silence over Jarkiholi’s remarks

Udupi: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday questioned the stoic silence of former AICC President Rahul Gandhi and LoP Siddaramaiah over Karnataka Congress Working President Satish Jarkiholi for his anti-Hindu remarks.
“The silence of Rahul Gandhi and Siddaramaiah will indicate that they approve of Jarkiholi’s controversial statement. If these leaders fail to break their silence and hurt the sentiments of majority Hindus, what does it mean?” he told reporters here.
Bommai said the Congress should offer an unconditional apology and express regret for such a heinous act. It is unfortunate that still Jarkiholi is defending his controversial statement.
“If they don’t apologise, then the party will lose whatever little identity it has in the country. The electorate of the country have already shown Congress its place,” he said.
Jarkiholi had raised a stink by saying that the word ‘Hindu’ originated from Persia and was not an Indian term and added that the original meaning of the term is very vulgar.
“Where did the term Hindu come from? Is it our own? No. It is of Persian origin. Where is that? It refers to countries like Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. What is the relationship between India and such countries? How can it be an Indian term? There needs to be a debate on this,” he had said addressing an event organised by Bandhutva Vedike at Nippani in Belagavi district.
“Please refer to WhatsApp and Wikipedia. If it is not an Indian term, why are some people taking it so seriously? If you understand its original meaning, you will be ashamed of yourself. The original meaning of the term is very vulgar and insulting,” he added.
Jarkiholi’s statement is not only prejudiced, but also planned, Bommai alleged and said the Congress leader has tried to vitiate the atmosphere of the society with his anti-Hindu statements.
The Congress is adopting appeasement policy just for the sake of votes and making such half-baked statements without any in depth study, Bommai said.
“They are under the wrong impression of getting the minority votes through such statements. By doing this, the Congress leaders are trying to disturb the belief system of every Indian,” he said.
Creating problems within any country amounts to an act of anti-nationalism, Bommai said. “Everyone must condemn such acts. However, the Congress Party has been acting as if it is supporting such a statement,” Bommai said.
Reacting to MP DK Suresh’s statement on harassment by CBI, he said why should he get scared if he has not done any mistake. “On the one hand, the MP says he was ready to face any probe and on the other hand he complains of harassment,” he said.
UNI

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