Mangaluru, February 7: K S Eshwarappa, leader of opposition has alleged that by banning entry to VHP leader Pravin Togadia from entering Bengaluru till February 11th, the state government is curbing his freedom of speech.
Addressing a press meet at the BJP office on his visit to the city on Saturday February 7th, Eshwarappa said, Hindu Virat Samavesha is scheduled in five cities in the country on February 8th. In Karnataka, Dr D Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala along with various swamijis will participate in the Samavesha.
Togadia has come out of the cases which were registered against him as no cases were proved. Even though I respect the high court’s decision to uphold the ban on Togadia, I feel sad about it, he added.
The state government is curbing Pravin Togadia’s freedom of speech and is following the footsteps of Indiria Gandhi. When Indira Gandhi tried to curb freedom of expression during the Emergency, the Congress party had lost power at the centre. Now the state government will also meet the same fate,” he said.
Speaking further he said, there is still time left for Siddaramaih to reconsider the decision on the ban on Togadia.
He slammed at home minister K J George, and said when fights erupt in the state the home minister has failed to initiate appropriate steps. Let the government accept that it is unable to protect people, he said.
Conversing on the alleged Bescom scam of Rs 190-crore, he said, 20 lakh meters were purchased directly through allotment without calling tenders. The contract was given to L&G company in Kolkata, and later L&T company filed a petition that contract should be given to it without calling tenders in a similar way of L&G.
As per the Karnataka Transparency Public Procurement Act (KTPP) Act, three years of imprisonment should be given to the officials who have given the contract without calling tenders, said Eshwarappa.
During the press meet, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, former minister Krishna Palemar, Yogish Bhat and others were present.