Bangalore: Opposition Congress on Tuesday staged a walkout demanding the arrest of an RSS leader for his alleged provocative speech which sparked off tension in one of the coastal towns of Dakshina Kannada and demanding strict action against those responsible for hoisting Pakistani flag in Sindgi recently.
"Minorities are living under grip of fear in the state. Those who incite communal feelings should be identified and booked. Why the government has not arrested RSS leader Dr Prabhakar Bhat Kalladka, for his provocative speech at the Hindu Samajotsva held in Uppinangadi in Dakshina Kannada district on January 22?" Opposition Congress leader Siddaramaiah asked.
The government had arrested six persons, believed to be the members of right wing Sri Rama Sene for hoisting Pakistani flag on Janaury 1 atop the Tasildar office in Sindgi town in Bijapur district, but persons responsible for supplying and making the flag had not been arrested, he said.
Congress Deputy leader T B Jayachandra accused the government of extending indirect support to those who disturb communal harmony and this remark led to exchange of words between the ruling and opposition members.
Rejecting the opposition contention, Minister for Home R Ashoka said the BJP Government was maintaining communal harmony in the state and communal incidents have come down to seven this year from 35 in the last ten years.
Ashoka hit out at Congress for playing "communal card" and "vote bank politics" to appease minorities and the stand of that party has stood exposed now.
"The government is committed to protecting the interest of minorities in the state", he said and outlined the welfare programmes initiated by the BJP regime.
Unsatisfied with the reply, Congress members trooped out of the House followed by JDS members.