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‘Has BJP Taken Hinduism on Lease’, Asks CM Siddarmaiah

Siddu Tweets after UP CM questioned the celebration of Tipu Sultan's birth anniversary

Political News, State, (Bengaluru), December 23:-Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asking if the saffron party had “taken Hindusim on lease”.

The CM’s Kannada Tweet says, “Are only the BJP leaders Hindus? Are we not Hindus? Has the BJP taken Hinduism on lease? My name is Siddaramaiah. Siddhu and Rama is in my name.”

The CM said that respecting all religions was “true Hindutva”. “We are all Hindus. But we must respect all religions. We should respect the fact that we all look alike. This is our culture, this is true Hindutva,” Siddaramaiah said.

The remarks came a day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accused the Congress of “insulting” India’s rich tradition by showing respect to the 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan, whose birth anniversary celebrations by the government had triggered a huge controversy and sharp divison of public opinion on the issue across the state.

Calling Karnataka “the land of Hanuman” and home of valour and courage which was ruled by the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire, Adityanath said it was unfortunate that the Congress “instead of worshipping Hanuman and Vijayanagar was worshiping Tipu Sultan.”

UP CM Adityanath was speaking at the “Parivarthana Yatra” rally organised by the state BJP as part of its programme to “expose the misdeeds” of the Congress government in the state.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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