Karnataka Congress leader allegedly calls for shooting PM Modi, BJP demands action against him
The video of former MLA Belur Gopalakrishna's controversial remarks, made at a party event on February 4 to protest the action of a Hindu Mahasabha glorifying Godse for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi.
BENGALURU: A Congress leader in Karnataka has sparked a controversy with his alleged remarks at a party function here asking right-wing members "to shoot" Prime Minister Narendra Modi "if they had they had the guts" to do so, following which the BJP has demanded action against him.
A purported video of former MLA Belur Gopalakrishna's controversial remarks, made at a party event on February 4 to protest the action of a Hindu Mahasabha leader Puja Shakun Pandey glorifying Nathuram Godse for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi, has gone viral.
Pandey had shot at an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi with a toy gun on the death anniversary of the father of the nation and had observed it as "Shaurya Divas" in Aligarh on January 31.
"My dear friends, these people who speak in favour of Godse today, such people should not stay in the country. If they move to murder the democracy of this country. If you (extreme right wingers) have the guts, shoot down your Modi. Don't kill anybody else. I am very happy." Gopalakrishna is heard saying in the purported video.
Congress leader Belur Gopalkrishna: I have respect for the Prime Minister, I never said PM has to be assassinated. How can I be silent when Gandhiji is disrespected? I said will you do the same thing to the PM? I will definitely apologise if my statements hurt anyone. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/9ZPxr7W2ZD— ANI (@ANI) March 5, 2019
The Karnataka BJP posted the video on its Twitter handle and demanded that the police initiate action against him. "Belur Gopalakrishna, a Congress leader in an official party function calls for assassination of democratically elected PM Sri @narendramodi ji. Instigating for assassination of PM of a country is a nation threat & we urge @HMOIndia, @CPBlr to impose legal action immediately," the BJP tweeted.
The party also asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi to take action against Gopalakrishnan. "Well @RahulGandhi we remember you saying you don't endorse hate politics but now that your own party leader has openly called for assassination of a democratically elected PM of this nation would act on him. If you don't act it clearly means you endorse his words," the party tweeted.
When asked about it, Gopalakrishna defended his remarks. He said, "I never said I will kill Modi. These people insulted the father of the nation, shot at his effigy and said that if Gandhi was alive today they would have shot him dead.
"I only asked them (extreme right wing outfits) if they have the guts to shoot the prime minister," said Gopalakrishna, who has been a party hopper.
Previously, he was in the BJP and jumped to the Congress after he was denied a ticket in the assembly election to contest from Sagar constituency last year. Before that he was in the JD(S).