Karnataka Director General of Police Neelamani N Raju on Friday released a circular to withdraw cases against people belonging to minority community who were allegedly involved in the communal riots in the last five years. The move which came ahead of the Karnataka assembly elections, has sparked a huge political fight between the Congress and the BJP.
The BJP has alleged that the move is yet another minority appeasement tactic of the Congress. The party has said that it will approach the Election Commission against the circular. The party has termed the circular as bizarre saying how can the matters of law and order be seen throughout the prism of religion.
“Can you have a circular which says that only those who are Muslims or Hindus should be freed? A policy should be applied to everyone equally without compromising on the law and order situation.”said BJP’s Nalin Kohli.
BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao said that Congress is attempting to influence the electorate by appeasing the minorities.
“The move is Congress’ poll gimmick. This is an attempt to influencing the electorate. The Karnataka BJP will take every step to ensure that Siddaramaiah doesn’t get away by issuing such a circular,”said Rao.
Currently, the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government is at the helm in the state of Karnataka.