Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Tuesday raked up a fresh controversy by making a shocking statement about people wearing Vermillion ( kumkum tilak) on their forehead. Speaking at an event to inaugurate a lake rejuvenation project in Badami, the former CM singled out a person who was wearing a 'tilak', pointed towards his forehead and made the irresponsible remark. He said that he is “afraid of anyone who wears a kumkum tilak on their forehead”.
"I am scared of people who wear kumkum on their forehead this way. You must finish the work in the scheduled time. I don't know why but I am scared of those people who wear long tilaks".
This isn’t the first time Congress leaders of Karnataka have made such an irresponsible remark in public. In fact, Siddaramaiah's 'tilak' remark comes a day after a senior Congress leader was caught on camera, calling for the assassination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a public gathering.
In a video shared by BJP Karnataka on its official Twitter handle on Tuesday, Congress leader Belur Gopalkrishna could be heard demanding the people to 'target and kill' PM Modi, asking them if 'they have guts'.
Exposing the Congress party, the BJP Karnataka further demanded Home Ministry and Bangalore Commissioner of Police to take immediate legal action against the Congress leader for instigating assassination of PM Modi.
This threat by the Congress party has come eight months after the Pune Police accessed a letter suggesting a plan to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in “another Rajiv Gandhi type incident” by “targeting his roadshows”. The letter was allegedly found from human rights activist Rona Jacob's laptop during Police investigation in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case.