Karwar: The local media has attributed a controversial statement to Anant Kumar Dattatreya Hegde, the BJP Lok Sabha member from Uttar Kannada (Canara) constituency.
Speaking at a media meet in Sirsi on Sunday, Hegde reportedly said that as long as Islam remained, terrorism could not be uprooted in the world. He accused that a section of the media and intellectuals supported terrorism. The incidents at the JNU bore witness to it.
Continuing further, he is said to have squarely named Bhatkal in Uttar Kannada and Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh as being hubs of terrorism.
He also reportedly sought action against the sections of the media which glorified terrorism. BJP district spokesperson Nagaraj Joshi, secretary Shrikant Naik and zilla panchayat member Usha Hegde were present at the media meet.
Surprisingly, the mainstream media has not carried the report. If they chose to ignore the statement is not known.