Cong creating base for destabilising BJP Govt in K'taka: Gowda

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Udupi, Karnataka, Sep 25 (UNI) Bharatiya Janata Party state president D V Sadananda Gowda today alleged that the opposition Congress was creating a base for destabilising the BJP-led Government in the State.

''The Central team's visit to assess the 'ground reality' following the recent attacks on prayer halls was clear evidence in this regard,'' he added.

Addressing the press here, Mr Gowda alleged the Central team, led by Mr M L Kamawat, Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Union Home Ministry, instead of performing observer duty by assessing the situation and submitting a report, had taken unilateral decision to declare the State Government had failed to take preventive measures to contain the spread of attacks on places of worship ''The team had, instead of performing the duty of observers, become like a judge passing remarks,'' he alleged.

Mr Gowda said when the State Government was successful in containing and bringing the situation under total control, took steps for a judicial probe, appointed a judge and fixed the terms of references, sending the Central team with 'pre-conceived notions' was nothing but 'pressure tactics' by the Centre to indirectly create hurdles to the judicial probe.

The decision by the officers' team to pass the remarks on the State Government even before submitting its report amounted to severe disrespect shown to the democratic system and the Centre should treat this as a serious lapse, he demanded.

Mr Gowda alleged the team had visited only the damaged prayer halls and took 'one sided views' without meeting or taking the views of the other side.

The team also failed to record either the statement of the Bishop of Mangalore or conduct any inquiry or met any Hindu organisation to take their views.

It had also failed to inquire into the literature allegedly insulting the gods of the mojority community.

The team had also failed in its duty to mention the security measures taken by the State Government, he claimed.


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