BJP government slams Centre's advisory

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Bangalore, Sep 19 (UNI) BJP government in Karnataka today termed as 'unwarranted' and 'politically motivated', the Union government's advisory asking the state government to protect the minority communities from attacks by rightist orgaisations.

Speaking to reporters here Home Minister V S Acharya said there was no need for any such 'letter' when the state government had acted promptly and arrested several persons. "This is politically motivated action," he said.

BJP state unit president D V Sadananda Gowda said centre had no power to invoke the provision of Article 355 of the Constitution when the 'normalcy' was prevailing in the state. The government has already established normalcy within two days and the two communities had pledged harmony when peace meetings were initiated.

"The Church authorities had stated that they had nothing to do with conversion activities which had been promoted from New Life organisation and action could be initiated against them," he said.

The advisory had cautioned the state government against any harm to minority communities. It was written under the provisions of Article 355, which is rarely used against the state governments.

The article empowers the central to deploy its security forces in the troubled places.

Earlier Law and Parliamentary affairs minister S Suresh Kumar confirming the receipt of the advisory said it had not referred to any provisions of the Article 355 of the Constitution.

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