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New Delhi: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh stated ok Tuesday that BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur's comments at a function in Shivamogga, Karnataka, were a blatant instance of hate speech and that he will petition the Supreme Court to take action against her.
Ramesh claimed that as the Karnataka police would not take action against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, he would bring a case against Thakur before the Supreme Court. The BJP presently controls Karnataka, and elections for the state's Assembly are scheduled for early next year.
“BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur’s remarks made in Karnataka are a clear example of hate speech and I would be moving the Supreme Court against her for making such remarks,” the former Union minister told PTI.
He said Thakur’s remarks clearly seek to divide the society while claiming that the local police would not act against her since the BJP is in power in the southern state.
Thakur said Hindus have the right to respond to those who attack them and their dignity as she spoke about the killing of Hindu activists.
She also called on Hindus to at least keep the knives in their homes sharp, as everyone has the right to protect themselves.
Speaking at the Hindu Jagarana Vedike’s southern region annual convention at Shivamogga on Sunday, the BJP MP from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh told the gathering to give a befitting reply to anyone who “infiltrates our house”.
“Keep weapons in your homes. If nothing else, at least keep the knives used to cut vegetables sharp…. Don’t know what situation will arise when…. Everyone has the right to self-protection. If someone infiltrates our house and attacks us, giving a befitting reply is our right,” she said.
“Love jihad. They have a tradition of jihad. If nothing, they do love jihad. Even if they love, they do jihad in that. We (Hindus) too love, love the god, a sanyasi loves his god,” Thakur said.
Speaking at the function, she also said, “A sanyasi says that in this world created by the god, end all the oppressors and sinful. If not, the true definition of love will not survive here. So answer those involved in love jihad the same way. Protect your girls, teach them the right values.”
With PTI inputs