Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Thursday engaged in a Twitter duel over the former’s “moral policing” remarks.
A day after the police in Karnataka’s Bagalkote district arrested eight people over a communal violence case, the CM, talking to reporters, said: “There are several sentiments in the society. Those emotions should not be affected and such should be the behaviour. When such emotions are hurt there is likely to be an action and reaction”.
“Even youngsters should watch their actions to ensure it does not hurt sentiments of the society. There should be morality in the society and we cannot live without it,” he was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.
Hitting out at the chief minister, Siddaramaiah said Bommai has accepted his incapability to maintain law and order.
“You have accepted your incapability to maintain law & order by justifying moral policing by few anti-social elements. Please resign and save Karnataka!!” Siddaramaiah tweeted.
Replying to the Congress leader, Bommai said, “While you were the CM, you became the icon of anti-Hindus by getting killed Hindu activists as Tippu Sultan did in his regime, I need not learn administration or policing from you, we have an able police force to tackle the law and order which was sitting Ducks under your government.”
Meanwhile, 35 human rights activists and organisations, in a statement, said the alleged justification for moral policing and communal violence by the chief minister sends out a ‘dangerous message’.
According to the police, the exact reason behind the communal clash in Bagalkote is not known. However, reports say, the clash started after a group of students objected to a boy wearing a skull cap.