Yeddyurappa criticises centre for advisory on Karnataka violenceOctober 13th, 2008 - 3:53 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) B.S. Yeddyurappa, chief minister of Karnataka which has seen violence against Christians in the past month, Monday said the centre was singling out his state in sending an advisory note even though many other states were also witnessing communal tension.”There have been serious communal and terrorist activities in other states such as Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Tripura, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh, the union government was not so active in sending advisory notes, at times touted as notices (under Article 355) to the states,” said Yeddyurappa in his address to the National Integration Council (NIC) here.
Christians have been attacked and their property, including churches, have been damaged by Hindu right wing mobs in the past month.
But Yeddyurappa said: “According to our considered opinion, there was no need to rush a central team to Karnataka and for those officers to speak to the press before even submitting a report to the union home ministry, specially when a judicial enquiry had already been ordered.
“It was very unfortunate that our state was targeted for political vendetta by ministers and officials of the government of India,” Yeddyurappa further said.
The chief minister said he would not allow Karnataka to become a haven of terrorists and terrorist organisations.
“While our efforts are on to integrate the minority into the mainstream through their socio-economic development, some of the anti-national and anti-social elements are working against this process,” he added.