Mangaluru : MUDA Chairman, Ibrahim Kodijal held a press meet at the District Congress Office here, on March 7.
Speaking to the mediapersons, Ibrahim said, “The fiery statement by BJP MP Anant Kumar Hegde has created buzz around the city. He had said that as long as there was Islam in this world, there would be terrorism. It is very unfortunate that such shocking statements are given by a member of Lok Sabha. I want to remind him that ‘Islam’ means peace and it does not relate to terrorism in anyway. India has a diversified religious background and the Indian constitution guarantees every citizen the liberty to follow the religion of his/her choice.”
He further said, “In India people have been living with freedom of practicing one’s own religion. These hate speeches are just given to incite communal violence in the society. Congress has never differentiated between anyone on the basis of religion. A mature person would never give such kind of statements. Few days back Anupam Kher, a supporter of their own party said that he believed that there were a few people in the BJP who gave hate speeches and disturbed the peaceful environment in the society. It is good that their own people have realized that there are people in their party who condemn other religions, even though their party claims to be equal with the people of this country.”
“If the Modi Government respects the constitution of this country, then let them take action against the BJP MP Anant Kumar Hegde for giving such a hate speech,” he added.
MLC Ivan D’Souza, corporator Vinay Raj and other congress leaders were also present.