Mangaluru, Feb 7, 2015: Senior BJP leader and former Deputy CM KS Eshwarappa who has strongly condemned the state government move of banning entry of VHP leader Praveen Togadia to Bengaluru, has charged the government of following the footsteps of late PM Indira Gandhi who too had curbed freedom of expression during Emergency.
Eshwarappa who spoke to reporters at the District BJP office here on February 7, Saturday, predicted that the state government will meet the same fate as that of Indira Gandhi Government after the emergency.
Eshwarappa claimed that the entire Hindu community was deeply saddened by the state government decision of banning the entry of Togadia to Bengaluru. While admitting that Togadia faced cases against him, Eshwarappa said none of the allegation against him have been proved so far. At the same time, Eshwarappa said he respected the decision of the High Court on Togadia ban.
Eshwarappa further stated that the state government had banned Owaisi’s speech in Bengaluru just to divert public attention from the Togadia case. But Siddaramaiah government can still reconsider its decision on Togadia, the senior BJP leader strongly felt.
Charging the state government of supporting corrupt practices, he said CM Siddaramaiah has no right to speak about providing a government free from corruption in the state.
Nalin Kumar Kateel, Dakshina Kannada MP, Krishna Palemar, former minister and other BJP leaders were present.