Zameer Ahmed claims Cong won Bidar LS seat because of Muslim votes; BJP slams

Bengaluru, June 25 (IANS): Karnataka Minister for Housing, Minority Welfare, and Waqf, Zameer Ahmed Khan has stirred a controversy by stating that Congress candidate Sagar Khandre won only because of Muslim votes from the Bidar Lok Sabha constituency.

He added that Sagar Khandre has to do the work of the community out of compulsion.

Minister Zameer had made the controversial remark while attending the Waqf Adalat programme in Bidar on Monday and its video went viral on social media on Tuesday.

Zameer stated, “Sirf aur sirf Muslim vote se Sagar Khandre jeete hain. Hamara kaam jhak maar ke karna padta hai. (Sagar Khandre won only because of Muslim votes. He has to do our work out of compulsion).”

Zameer made the statement while discussing the allocation of government land for a burial ground in an area with a large Muslim population.

“I will speak to the Minister for Forests, Eshwar Khandre, about this. Eshwar Khandre’s son, Sagar Khandre, won the election only because of Muslim votes. He shall do our work. I will get it done,” he reiterated.

Senior BJP leader and Leader of Opposition, R Ashoka, posting the video on social media platform X, slammed, “Karnataka Congress Minister BZ Zameer Ahmad Khan says the newly-elected MP from Bidar, Sagar Khandre, won only because of the Muslim community's votes and hence his father, Forest Minister Eshwar Khandre, must ensure that the Muslim community’s work is done. This is how Congress wants to save democracy.”

Minister Khan had previously landed in controversy by saying that the Congress made a Muslim, UT Khader, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly before whom the “best of the best” BJP leaders bow and say “Sahab Namaskar.”

Minister Zameer is a close confidant of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

Sagar Khandre, the 26-year-old Congress candidate won the Bidar seat by defeating former Union Minister of State, Bhagwant Khuba of the BJP by a margin of 1.29 lakh votes.





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  • Rajendra, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 26 2024

    Zameer is a crook --- looks like working for BJP -- -- So called B team -- why bring in divisions -- already BJP famous for grabbing such comments -- CM SIDDU should have him admonished-- suspended -- he is doing a great disservice --- such comments fit for KALASIPALAYAM -- BANGALORE -- his origins -- which all know about -- -- Today due political machinations has managed to become a leader for Muslims -- but needs to be restrained on a urgent basis--

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Wed, Jun 26 2024

    The Honourable minister has spilled the beans, mortally embarrassing the INC, by acknowledging " Vote Bank Appeasement " Yes, they will blackmail the party into submission !!!!

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  • Omar, Mysore

    Wed, Jun 26 2024

    TUM KARO TO CHAMATKAR HUM KARE TOH BALATKAR!!😂😂😂 the whole Muslims Vs Hindu idea of hatred you BeeFJantaPartition party planted..Panuti MODI said Mangasootra lenge,ram mandi band kardenge,revseration his own home state he gave OBC reservation to Muslims of Gujarat but AndhBhakts fed on Gobar/WhatsApp university will not read to understand...NDA -Naidu Dependent Sarkar also promised so much to Muslims of which your double engine/2AB Sarkar is at centre...while you kept screaming we'll change constitution and send all muslims/cancel resevration some like Zameer has different idea of saving democracy...burnol time hai Ashoka😂😂😂 your partner JDSexular is raping innocent hindu women & men which you're not bothered but you only look for news where Muslims are involved this you're proving that you also want only work for Muslims😂😂😂 Chalo hum Biryani mein mast rahenge tu kar humara seva

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 26 2024

    BJP guys win elections on Ram temple and now Muslim ministers of Congress are showing Muslim might. Thsi is how communalism kills out democracy.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Wed, Jun 26 2024

    Construction of Ram Mandir was in BJP’s open agenda and I appreciate it. What the minister spilled out now is from the Congress’ hidden agenda which exposes the party of its double standard and can pose great danger to national unity and integrity.

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  • fd, chk

    Wed, Jun 26 2024

    who vpted for you sir ???now elections are over time to produce results not many will listen to this news items sir ....

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  • Sunilla Shetty, Mangalore/ Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 25 2024

    Of course, all the top Congress leaders fight from safe constituency and its obvious who is in majority there. RaGA, PaVadra, Siddu, Shashi Tharoor , DKS , UT Khader to name a few.

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  • Hari rao, mangalore

    Tue, Jun 25 2024

    Now it is proved that real communal party is congress.

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  • Yogi, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 25 2024

    What the honorable minister said is factually correct. Caste consideration in Indian politics is an old bane of Indian political system. Truth is a bitter pill to swallow.

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  • Bhojaraj Y Salian, Kulai

    Tue, Jun 25 2024

    Congress doesn't need enemies when they have fellows like Zameer Ahmed and the other fellows who are after DyCM posts. BJP waalas must be relishing this.

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 25 2024

    I can’t remember Ashoka complaining when Modi was announcing in his election speeches that Congress would take mangalasutras and gold from people and give it to Muslims. People gave apt reply to lies.

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  • Yogi, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 25 2024

    Mr Clifford, from your comment it is crystal clear that you are following Modi's speeches more rather than RaGa's. You are better advised to have the knowledge of what RaGa said.

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  • Vally, Mlore/ Dubai

    Tue, Jun 25 2024

    Your right we need to listen what he bullshitting or else he will keep on saying lies which fools believe, not true educated.

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 26 2024

    Yogi, Mangalore , we are an independent country and one has a freedom to listen to anyone he or she likes. I get more amused listening to Modi and yesterday I also listened to Adani telling that India will be a 3 trillion economy soon considering he has majority of national assets . Perhaps only country where a business man tells its people about its economy.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Jun 25 2024

    Please, the honorable minister is not making any controversial statement. He was just reiterating Congress party's unique selling proposition (USP) while declaring Bidar as completely Muslim dominated constituency - Rahul Gandhi/Priyanka Vadra might just consider this constituency next time if it catches their imagination as a tool for diversifying risk - unless of course if the Kharge family surrenders. Till now, it is Amethi, Raibareli, and Waynad. Honorable minister is sounding that Bidar will be the next best option for the Gandhis very soon. Population will count and honorable minister has just sounded like an early warning system. Sometimes, you have to face the fact on its face and not fall for the deceit and lies that is secularism.

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    Tue, Jun 25 2024

    Ashoka has been suffering from an allergy lately, and he doesn’t feel well at all. 😔

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  • Kumar, Mangalore . Surathkal

    Wed, Jun 26 2024

    What zameer said is right . Muslims voted for free bithi bhagya and for kata kat pappu

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