BENGALURU: A mistake was made in including the name of a living person in the list of “Hindu martyrs” sent to the union home minister, BJP Lok Sabha member Shobha Karandlaje said today, blaming Congress for trying to revive an “old issue” over which she had expressed regret.
“I had expressed my regret at this lapse last year. I hadmistakenly included Ashok Pujari’s name in the list of BJP and RSS workers who were killed after Siddaramaiah assumed charge as Chief Minister.”
“I had brought this mistake to thenotice of the central government,” she told PTI over phone.
Karandlaje, an MP from Chikkamagaluru-Udupi, was locked in a controversy after reports emerged about her having included Pujari’s name in the list of ’23 Hindu martyrs”,which she sent to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on July 8 2017,demanding an NIA probe into the killings of RSS/BJP workers in Karnataka.
A controversy had broken in July last year itself over her faux pas, for which she had expressed regret.
Pujari, who lives in a remote village in Udupi district, was attacked by masked people on September 20, 2015 and hospitalised.
He had recovered after about a month.
Targeting the Siddaramaiah government over being “soft” on “Jehadi forces”, the BJP has made the killings of Hindu activists a major issue in its political discourse.
Karandlaje said even former deputy chief minister R Ashoka had admitted that there was mistake in the list which was brought to the notice of the central government last year.
Asked who were behind raking up the old issue, Karandlaje said it is the “malafide intentions” of Congress to raise this old issue to divert the people’s attention from the’unholy electoral understanding’ between Congress and SDPI-PFI.
“The Congress wants to divert the issue of their unholy electoral understanding with SDPI and PFI. Therefore, they areraking up this old issue,” she said.
Social Democratic Party of India is the political wing of Popular Front of India, an Islamic outfit.
Karandlaje said that instead of politicising the issue, Congress leaders should visit Pujari, who was “nearly killed” and try to help him.