Jignesh Mevani and Prakash Rai in Shivamogga : BJP leaders concealing govt. failure’
Shivamogga: Dalit rights activist and Independent MLA from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani on Thursday called upon people of Karnataka to question Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the State to campaign for Assembly elections on the promises he had made during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections of creating two crore jobs every year and on bringing back black money stashed in foreign banks.
Addressing a public convention in Shivamogga on Thursday, under the aegis of Karnataka Forum to Save the Constitution, to mobilise the opinion of people to ensure the defeat of communal and anti-Constitutional forces in the Assembly election, he alleged that to conceal the failure of Modi government to address the problem of unemployment, the BJP leaders were seeking votes in Karnataka on the Hindutva plank. Referring to the controversial remarks by Union Minister of State for Skill Development Anantkumar Hegde on changing the Constitution for which he apologised in Parliament, Mr. Mevani said that from Mr. Hegde’s statement, the conspiracy hatched by BJP and Sangh Parivar to change the Constitution and thereby deny the Dalits and Adivasis their democratic rights becomes apparent.
Prior to Mr. Modi’s visit to Karnataka, the functionaries of progressive and democratic organisations here should create awareness among the people on the failure by his government to create jobs and on eliminating black money menace, he said. Addressing the gathering, actor Prakash Raj said that to divert the attention of the people from issues such as unemployment and spiralling prices of essential commodities, the BJP leaders were trying to polarise people on communal grounds through cow vigilantism and moral policing.
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