A video of MP Pratap Simha, stating that BJP president Amit Shah has directed BJP youth wing to take out violent protests, has gone viral.
Mr. Hegde criticised the Congress government and threatened to retaliate against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's "vengeful" politics by arresting a "democratically elected" MP.
The police has booked Mr. Simha under Sections 279, 353 and 332 of the IPC that deal with rash and negligent driving, besides voluntarily hurting a public servant and preventing her or him from discharging their duties. "I said no. I assured him of taking out such agitations", the MP has said.
Simha was caught on camera forcing his way through a police barricade in the town after being stopped by police personnel on a route in the Hunsur town.
The crowd that had gathered for the celebrations refused to begin the procession till Mr. Simha was released.
Slamming Simha, Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said the BJP was making such politically motivated statements keeping in mind the upcoming Assembly elections. Noting that the law was same for all, he claimed the BJP leaders, including Yeddyurappa, lacked basic knowledge of law.
BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa also questioned the police restriction on the Hanuman Jayanti celebrations in Hunsur.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is governing the state like "Ravan Rajya", said Ananth Kumar, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers.
The MP accused the district administration of not restricting Id Milad celebrations in Hunsur on Saturday and restricting the Hanuman Jayanti celebrations. "According to "puranas", Karnataka earlier had the name of "Hanumana Naadu" but today we are in a state where we are not even allowed to celebrate the festival of our own god".
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