Bengaluru: The Bajrang Dal and other Hindutva organisations in Karnataka on Thursday slammed the Congress government in the state for granting permission for a public meeting to be addressed by Islamic preacher Dr. Zakir Naik while imposing a ban on VHP leader Pravin Togadia.
The Bajrang Dal Karnataka South Zone Cordinator Sharan Pumpwell while accusing the government of favouring Muslims and discriminating against the Hindus said, "The State government, which is supporting Dr Zakir Naik’s arrival in Mangaluru, should be questioned against the ban on Dr Praveenbhai Togadia and Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat for the programmes at Bengaluru and Hassan respectively.
Dr. Zakir Naik, the renowned Islamic preacher who ranked 62 in the list of the ‘500 Most Influential Muslims in the World’ published by George Washington University in the year 2011 and 2012, is scheduled to address a public meeting in Mangaluru on January 03.
On the other hand, the Bajrang Dal is organising its convention in Mangaluru on January 6. The controversial VHP leader Praveenbhai Togadia is slated to deliver the keynote address on the occasion.
The District-in-charge Minister Ramanath Rai while supporting Dr Zakir Naik's program in Mangaluru asked the non-Muslims to extend their support to his visit to the city.
The Bajrang Dal however said Dr. Zakir Naik is an 'anti-Hindu activist' who makes controversial statements against all other religions.
"We will not allow him to come to Mangaluru. As a first step, we are submitting a memorandum to the district administration seeking a ban on his entry to the district", Sharan Pumpwell said.
"Bajrang Dal would chart out its next course of action once the district administration took a decision", he added.
He also said that the State government’s decision to ban astrology programmes being aired on television channels was totally undemocratic and will hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus.
“The government is converting police stations into Congress party offices arcos the state. The vote bank politics has deteriorated the values of democracy and the people are deprived of good governance,” he said.