minister of staff pryank kharge he also said that his government would ban ensembles like the Bajrang Dal if the peace in the state was disturbed. “We have promised in our manifesto to make Karnataka a paradise. If the peace is disturbed, we will not consider whether it is Bajrang Dal or any other Sangh Parivar group,” he said.
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When asked specifically about the RSS, he said: “If someone breaks the law, they will be dealt with according to the law of the land, even if it means a ban.” Some elements have been roaming freely in society without fear of the law or the police for the past four years, he said. “If the BJP leadership finds it unacceptable, they can go to Pakistan,” Priyank added. “We will review the hijab order and textbook review, as well as all legislation, including the anti-cow slaughter and anti-conversion laws, passed by the previous BJP government. If we find any of these laws to be contentious, communal or against the social fabric or image of the state, we will consider repealing it,” Priyank said.
The dispute over the hijab erupted after six students from the Government Pre-University College for Girls, Udupi, who were not allowed to enter their classrooms wearing the hijab, started a protest in December 2021. The protests spread across the state. , vitiating the educational campuses in coastal and evil districts
The previous BJP government had issued a circular banning the hijab in state schools and colleges. The matter reached the Karnataka HC, which upheld the decision of the state government. The issue was later dealt with in the Supreme Court, where a two-judge panel delivered a split verdict. The Supreme Court then said it would consider establishing a three-judge panel to adjudicate the matter.
“Our government remains firm in reviewing legislation that is unconstitutional, violates people’s rights and affects the image of the State, investment and employment. We want to build an economically and socially equal Karnataka. Up to 18,000 minority students have been out of school since the hijab circular came into effect. We want to make sure they get back into the mainstream and continue their education,” said Priyank, the son of AICC chief Mallikarjun Kharge.
The previous BJP government had passed the Karnataka Livestock Preservation and Slaughter Prevention Act 2020, which set out strict punishments for offenses and gave powers to search and seize premises; and the Anti-Conversion Law of 2022, which stated: “No person may convert or attempt to convert, directly or otherwise, another person from one religion to another through the use of misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion , seduction or by any means. by fraudulent means or by marriage, nor shall any person incite or conspire for conversions.”
Congress experts said the party planned to withdraw the hijab circular and repeal the anti-cow slaughter and anti-conversion laws introduced by the previous BJP government.
While campaigning for the assembly elections, the Congress had declared that the hijab ban and all laws made at the communal level by the previous BJP government would be withdrawn once the party formed government in the state.
While some senior party officials are in favor of banning Bajrang Dal as promised in the manifesto, several have opposed it in view of the fact that the Lok Sabha polls are not far away and the party does not want to play into it. . BJP.
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