Siddaramaiah’s statement on grants to Muslims stokes controversy

Bengaluru, Dec 5 (IANS): The statements of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah over allocating special grants to Muslims and assuring the community of protection has sparked a controversy in the state.

The BJP had slammed him for resorting to appeasement politics. Former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai stated on Tuesday that Siddaramaiah had spoken about giving the special rights to the minorities in national resources.

This is nothing but vote bank and appeasement politics. It seems that the CM has forgotten his duty of rendering justice to one and all.

Bommai further stated, "Already, there are departments for the minorities like the Waqf Board, Minority Commission and Minority Corporation which have been getting funds through several programs. The intention of all the governments has been that they must also be educated to become self-reliant. But the CM's statement of riding over the other communities was highly condemnable.”

The funds reserved for the development of the SCs and STs have been diverted to the guarantee schemes and done injustice to those two oppressed communities, Bommai charged.

“Siddaramaiah said more grants would be given for the Muslims which was nothing but appeasement politics. This would not only bankrupt the state treasury but also cause social differentiation," he charged.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday asserted that there was nothing wrong in allocating Rs 4,000-Rs 5,000 crore for the welfare of the minority community in the state budget.

Addressing the BJP's objection to his statement about protecting Muslims in the state, Siddaramaiah clarified, "I have stated that protection will be given to all, including Muslims."

He expressed dissatisfaction with the media for potentially highlighting only one part of his statement and neglecting the broader context. Mka



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  • Saravanabhavan, Murukaveri

    Wed, Dec 06 2023

    ‘Truth is truth even if it is minority of one' - Those who believe need no explanation & those who don't believe there is no explanation:- as rule man is fool 'when it is hot - he wants cold -when it is cold he wants hot' always wanting what is not.

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  • KRPrabhu, Bengaluru

    Wed, Dec 06 2023

    ಮಿಂಚಿ ಹೋದ ಕಾಲಕ್ಕೆ ಚಿಂತಿಸಿ ಫಲವಿಲ್ಲ......ಇದಕ್ಕೆಲ್ಲಾ ಕಾರಣ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ಸರಕಾರ.ಹೇಗೆ ಅಂತ ಕೇಳಬೇಡಿ.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 06 2023

    If Bomma start wearing Datta Mala, afterward he will be smart. Because he is from Janata Parivar.

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  • Dileep Dipankar, sakleshpura

    Wed, Dec 06 2023

    These old gentle man frustrated after giving up CM seat next losing opposition leader,after that refused to give BJP President post. He was an accidental CM . Its obvious to talk like this when people going through hardship.

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Wed, Dec 06 2023

    This is why minorities don't vote BJP...They treat a section of minority as second class citizen

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  • Rakesh pai, udupi

    Wed, Dec 06 2023

    And Khangress treats majority as third class citizens.

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  • Jennifer, Manipal

    Wed, Dec 06 2023

    Most Bhrasht Takla Party Applying Communalism Strategies.

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  • Golibajje, Kudla

    Wed, Dec 06 2023

    BJPs appeasement politics is fine, targeting minorities is fine but when another govt wants to uplift the same minorities then it's unfair. Wah wah.. Hypocrisy at its best. No doubt BJP is almost wiped out in not just Karnataka but the entire South India cos we aren't dumb like the North, we know whom to vote and who to throw out...

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Wed, Dec 06 2023

    If it did, it served its intended purpose. Put a huge figure (who cares where that money is) and polarize - controversy will happen on its own. Expect this and more like this until 2024 LS polls. After that he will cool down, until then every vote counts.

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  • Rahul Keskar, mangaluru

    Wed, Dec 06 2023

    Clear polarization is evident here. This could work in favour of the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls, making it easier for them to secure Karnataka. Sri. Sidda seems to have overlooked the concerns of SCs and STs, focusing only on Muslims. Why the preference for one minority group over others? Christians, for instance, have made significant contributions to humanity; shouldn't they receive similar consideration? What about Jains and Sikhs? What mistakes have they made? Sri. Siddaramaiah, you might be paving the way for your own downfall. Your fellow party members are eagerly waiting in the wings.

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 05 2023

    This guy destroyed BJP while he was CM with communal politics and the voters massively rejected you. If you continue with same politics you may loose seat in next election as well.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Tue, Dec 05 2023

    Siddaramaiah is smarter than Basavaraj Bommai ...

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