Karnataka Congress in damage control mode after anti-Brahmin remarks

Bengaluru, Nov 23 (IANS): The Congress in Karnataka is in damage control mode after the anti-Brahmin remarks made by socialist Pa. Mallesh in the presence of senior party leader Siddaramaiah.

Mallesh's remarks against the community triggered protests, while complaints were also lodged against him.

The Congress party, worried over the development, had also directed Siddaramaiah to issue a clarification to tackle the situation.

The Leader of Opposition on Wednesday clarified that he respects all communities equally and maintained that he never indulged in insulting anyone nor will he do it in future.

He further asked Brahmin Mahasabha President and senior advocate Ashok Harnalli not to continue the matter any further.

Pa. Mallesh, who is a close associate of Siddaramaiah, has also expressed his regret over his statements.

In its complaint, the Mysuru district Brahmins' Association pressed the police to register an FIR under IPC Sections 153 (A) (promoting enmity between different groups), 295 (defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion or any class), 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings).

Pa Mallesh while releasing the book "Siddaramaiah@75" in Mysuru had stated that under no circumstances should people trust the Brahmins and Brahminism, adding that the Vedas and Upanishads have destroyed this nation.

"People should follow Buddha, we all have Buddha on our side," he had stated.

He further claimed that Brahmins werebehind increasing the maximum limit of reservation to 60 per cent from 50 per cent.

Siddaramaih who was on dais did not react to any of the statements and remained quiet.

After the issue turned controversial, Siddaramaiah maintained that although he was on stage, he did not hear what Pa. Mallesh said.



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  • Johnson, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 24 2022

    Increased popularity of Siddu irked few in congress itself and it was deliberate attempt. Could be Pa. Mallesh received something to play this drama on stage where Siddu was also present. As Siddu carries brand name of Ahinda, any ill talks about Brahmins and upper caste will affect him. A very shrewd man is behind this....

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  • Lower caste, dubai

    Thu, Nov 24 2022

    What part he said was wrong? Earlier about 50-60 years ago, even the shadow of a dalit person was not supposed to fall on them when these "supposedly learned" men were walking...even to this day, if a dalit drinks water from a public well, no "upperest" caste will drink from that well, unless it is purified by religious cleansing....

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Thu, Nov 24 2022

    Readers, " Foot in the mouth " disease has invariably spread across self styled netas in the INC party. Moreover their mouth are sealed, not a single word about Terrorist strike in Mangaluru !!!

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  • Kumara, Bengaluru

    Thu, Nov 24 2022

    this is a known drama by congress and their chelas

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  • Rukmangadha, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 24 2022

    Are these IPC sections, especially 153A applicable to ministers too ? Or just for tax payers? Was this even used against that teacher who killed a Dalit boy because the boy drank water that was supposedly meant only for “higher” caste people.

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  • Kedhar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Sidda will single handedly destroy the Congress in State. Sri Janardan Poojary's curse when Sidda showed his high handedness and skipped inaugurating Mangalore Dasara. How true !

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    FACTS ARE .....It is well known bjp ideology is ..RSS BRAHMIN .. All Trade by bania .. So Brahmin bania nexus ... All these are well documented .. Nothing new or surprising ..then there are foot soldiers .. OBC .. etc etc others ..

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  • Raman, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Dr Ambedkar has written vastly on brahmanism .. Exploitation.. caste system.. practice of sati which was banned only 18 Th century.. women in society denied many benefits ..also how knowledge has been denied to lower castes .. Condemned to live as per birth .. very many issues ..why so many poor in India .. Poverty etc .. nothing to do with Nehru Gandhi as now being widely publicised Whatsapp university.. Cream in India ..banks .. judges .. bureaucrats.. etc etc who dominates .. can check .. Lower ranks in. Caste system denied all benefits of knowledge.. basically ..all are born equal ...but after birth classified!branded ...

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  • Kumara, bengaluru

    Thu, Nov 24 2022

    In which religion there is no caste system???

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    No sane self respecting Hindu should ever vote for Congress, ever. That too this arrogant, scheming Siddu is self destructing party here with anti Hindu, pro minority stance.

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  • Johnson, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    I think DKS is smart in handling things. Ahinda people are into devide and rule. Earlier Hamsalekha uttered nonsense against Brahmins and tried to please Sidda. Now one more joker. These people want to dig grave for the congress.

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    typical reaction from all these dalits, to put the whole blame of India's woes on the Brahmins; Siddu and DKS among them.

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  • Sangram Sangam, KUNDAPUR

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    What Damage left Congress Congress party All most all booted out from Indian politics

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  • SB, Mlore

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Pressure cooker and such self goals will prove too much expensive for Congress this time around.

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  • U.Suresh, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    We can't blame Congress leader Sri.Siddaramaih.He was just sleeping when the comments were made and he might have not heard it.

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  • Madhav, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    May be it is just a Freudian slip. Political correctness is overrated. People always know what each politician stands for.

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  • Sandeep Vincent, Nagori

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Siddaramullah can contest from Ullal.

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  • Navneeth, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Mr, Siddu,, time to take a Yathra in Chamundeshwari , you home constituency were you were booted out from.

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Too late Sir. The damage is done. That too from someone who has not standing in his own backyard and has to contest from a safe constituency. Come on!

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  • chandra, Surathkal

    Wed, Nov 23 2022

    Self goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the party is in self destruction mode

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