Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (DV)
Mangaluru, May 24: "Every individual has constitutional rights to offer prayers as per his religion in the department he works. Since many years, a few departments observed prayers as per their religious beliefs. Traditionally, Ayudha Pooja is being observed from several years," said BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel.
He was addressing a press meet here on Wednesday May 24.
He further said, “Now, the Congress is making efforts to stop these rituals. The party is indulging in cheap politics. Siddaramaiah's mindset has been exposed. Being a chief minister, preventing a person from performing his religious duties is not fair. Some of the state’s departments have been observing some rituals from past several years.
“As per faith, Ayudha Pooja is observed in the KSRTC and police departments. Stopping this old practise or banning it is not fair. The Congress is involving in cheap politics by issuing orders to the police department. Speaking on the lines of moral policing, they are attempting to ban Bajrang Dal. It shows how the Congress is trying to overpower the Hindu community.
“The Congress has showed how it will stop the Hindu celebrations and patriots. The BJP has the power to agitate and answer against such kind of attitude of the Congress. We severely condemn such attitude of Siddaramaiah and the Congress. We will answer if Congress unnecessarily meddles with the workers of our organisations. The Congress wants to politicise all the departments. By controlling the officers, it is trying to implement its own agenda.
“The state has developed as the deputy commissioners in the state have worked sincerely. Now, the Congress is making efforts to threaten these officers. The party is exhibiting its anti-Hindu policy. We will answer through agitations if necessary. We are in favour of Hindutva, and against cattle slaughter and conversion,” he said.
On the new Congress government in the state, he said, “Though the people of the state gave them a clear mandate, they are engaged in a fight. They started fighting before forming the government. They have not formed the cabinet till now. After the formation of the cabinet, we should wait and watch what their situation will be. As per the complaint filed by us, Lokayukta will probe Siddaramaiah. Let them probe on our 40% commission,” he said.