Not sad on being called Siddramullah Khan: Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru, Dec 7 (IANS): Karnataka Opposition leader Siddaramaiah while responding to the BJP calling him 'Siddramullah Khan' said on Wednesday that he was not sad at the Muslim name.

"I am not surprised at this propaganda by the BJP," he said.

National General Secretary and BJP MLA C.T. Ravi had attacked Siddaramaiah and called him 'Siddramullah Khan'. Later the ruling BJP party supported him on his statement.

"BJP has made lies, propaganda and assassination of character as part of their political propaganda. It's attempt to give me the Muslim name, Sidramullah Khan, is not surprising," he said.

"I am from the heritage of Santa Shishunal Shareef, who was born in a Muslim family and became protege of Govinda Bhat. Sufi saint Kabeer, who was a Muslim, and became a disciple of Saint Ramanand. I hail from our heritage," Siddaramaiah stated.

"By adding the Muslim name to my name, the BJP leaders have acknowledged my secular stands and belief. I have been called 'Anna Ramaiah', 'Raitha Ramaiah', 'Kannada Ramaiah' and 'Dalita Ramaiah'. Likewise, I will be happier if I am called as Siddramullah Khan by recognizing my contribution to the Muslim community," he said.

"I am opposing Muslim fundamentalism as I oppose Hindu fanaticism. I have not practiced politics of blaming the whole Muslim community without differentiating between good and the bad," he said.

"I have set aside funds in the budget to fulfil the basic needs of Muslim community. I am proud of it. People have realized that the controversies and violence that were created by the BJP in the pretext of opposing Tipu Sultan are farce," Siddaramaiah said.

"There are photographs from BJP CM's to MLA's participating in Tipu Jayanti and praising him. Former CM Jagadish Shettar of BJP, during his tenure got a 400-page book on Tipu Sultan published and he had written a foreword also appreciating Tipu Sultan.

"During my tenure as the CM, former President Ram Nath Kovind had mentioned the achievements of Tipu Sultan."

Siddaramaiah further explained that the ruling BJP was falsely holding him responsible for the killings of the Hindu youths. Union Minister for State Shobha Karandlaje had written a letter to then Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that 24 Hindu youths were killed in Karnataka. She had included the name of the person who was alive. The CBI investigation had found that Paresh Mesta died accidentally.

During the same period, 11 Muslims were also killed and all the accused were workers of the Bajrang Dal and Sangh Parivar organisations. "I will not request the BJP to stop the propaganda. People of the state are mature and wise enough to understand," he said.

"We can't expect anything apart from this. BJP can't even show its tainted face to voters with zero performance, corruption. This shows their helplessness and frustration," he said.



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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Dec 08 2022

    Alumdulillah Siddamian...What next? Acceptance of Deen ki Dawat?

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Wed, Dec 07 2022

    Readers, Veteran astute, netaji, has sent out a clear message, reassuring support to the minority community, in return he desires their complete allegiance to the ailing grand old party... The BJP will now unfailingly take this appeasement package, as a grave propaganda, to humiliate and demonize the leaders of the INC !!!!

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Wed, Dec 07 2022

    Siddhu is right. What's in a name? Call him a Sultan, rather than Khan, because he is a protege of Tippu. Let him also take a Christian suffix of "Saint". He will become a man of all seasons and religions. A true AAM ADMI

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  • Kedhar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Dec 07 2022

    See, I told you yesterday only ! Why was Moily Baaba cribbing like a crab ! Call Sidda O Akbaraaaaa, Akbar Sidda.. also he won't mind. See his profile clearly. True follower look he has. One requisite he has to comply.. That too he will for sure. Nobody, Moily, Goily included need bother.

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 07 2022

    Siddaramaiah has shown great maturity stating his position....not taking Silly pot shots ... this matter should rest.. Khan etc .... and discuss burning problems of citizens ... Among the present lot of politicians Siddaramaiah has been exemplary.. Competence .. character .. capability.....3 c ‘s

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  • Rakesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 07 2022

    Siddu Khan Rocks.. Bommai uncle shock ...

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Wed, Dec 07 2022

    Siddramullah Khan is not at all bothered, in fact he enjoys being Tippu Sultan. Remember the drunk dance on roads brandishing sword during pade yatre in Bellary in 2012

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  • Arjun, India

    Wed, Dec 07 2022

    Obivesly, till he gets votes from there, its not a problem for him!

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