Mangaluru: Opposition leader in the legislative council BK Hariprasad said Hindutva is in no way connected to the Hindu religion. “Hindutva is a political agenda of BJP, and this message should reach the masses,” he said.

At a ‘Navasankalpa Shibira’, a brainstorming session to strengthen the party organised by the Dakshina Kannada District Congress Committee here on Tuesday, Hariprasad said the coastal region has been converted into a laboratory for communalism and seeds of hatred are being sown in young minds.

“The Congress has a social responsibility to remove the seeds of hatred from the minds of people. It is a tragedy that the land which was ruled by King Ashoka in the third century BC has been converted into a laboratory for communalism. The BJP and Sangh Parivar are not concerned about the future of children in the district. They send their children abroad for their studies while sending children of the poor to jail through violence and clashes. There is a need to bring in changes in the system,” he said. An attack on any individual or religion is nothing but an attack on the constitution, he added.

Hariprasad said the Congress need not learn a lesson from the BJP, whose ancestors were against the freedom movement. “The Congress had constructed roads, schools, colleges, supplied water and electricity in the country all these years. However, Congress did not take credit for it. After BJP came to power, there was tension in the country in the name of religion, which the Congress should try to overcome,” he said.

KPCC working president Saleem Ahmed said Navasankalpa Shibira is being organised in all the districts as per the directions of the AICC. “The camp is aimed at strengthening the party, discussing issues for political strategies. Further, the failures of the BJP administration should be brought to the notice of the general public. The Congress is being developed as a cadre-based party at the grassroots level,” he said. Congress leader Madhu Bangarappa, deputy leader of opposition in the assembly UT Khader, DCC president K Harish Kumar and MLC Manjunath Bhandari were present.

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