R Ashoka

By TNM Staff

BJP leader and Leader of Opposition R Ashoka on Wednesday, February 22, apologised for his comments in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, where he mentioned invoking the Goonda Act against Bajrang Dal activists during his tenure as Home Minister. Speaking to the media, he said, “When I said that I put cases on Bajrang Dal activists when I was Home Minister, I didn’t mean to hurt them or any Hindutva activists. I apologise. I, too, worked as an activist of Bajrang Dal for ten years.”

The controversy stems from Ashoka’s remarks during a legislative session on February 15, where he referenced his tenure as Home Minister and the actions taken during the Mangaluru pub attack in 2009. Faced with Bajrang Dal’s ire over his remarks, Ashoka apologised for his remarks.

During the zero hour, Mangaluru North MLA Bharath Shetty raised a question regarding the filing of a First Information Report (FIR) against him and Mangaluru South MLA for their alleged involvement in a protest in front of a school. Bharath denied any presence near the school during the protest, suggesting the complaints against him were coerced.

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