“Karnataka Chief Minister Supports Congress’ Decision to Skip Ayodhya’s Ram Temple Event; BJP Criticizes the Move”

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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah defends Congress’ decision to skip Ayodhya’s Ram temple event, accuses BJP of turning it into a political affair

In response to criticism from BJP leader BS Yediyurappa, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah defended the Congress high command’s decision to abstain from the Ram temple event in Ayodhya. Siddaramaiah stated that the ruling BJP at the Centre had politicized the religious event and accused them of turning Sri Ramachandra into a political property. He emphasized that the Congress was not against Sri Ramachandra but opposed the politicization of the issue.

Siddaramaiah, in a social media post in Kannada, clarified the party’s stance, highlighting their respect for Ramachandra and their opposition to politicizing the Ram Mandir. He criticized the event’s transformation into a political program by one party, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was rushing the inauguration to create a Hindutva wave during national elections.

The Chief Minister asserted that their opposition was not politically motivated but aimed at preventing the misuse of Hindu religion for political gains by the BJP and RSS. He urged the public to uphold the constitutional goal of fostering a peaceful society for all communities.

In response, BJP leaders criticized Siddaramaiah and labeled Congress as “anti-Hindutva.” Yediyurappa alleged that the Congress’s decision was influenced by leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and Siddaramaiah. He condemned the move, expressing regret and stating that it hurt the sentiments of millions of Hindus.

Former minister CT Ravi pointed out historical instances where Congress leaders did not participate in similar events, questioning the present leadership’s decision not to attend the Ayodhya ceremony. Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi accused the Congress of practicing “appeasement politics,” suggesting that the rejection of the Ram temple consecration invitation was driven by the fear of losing minority votes.