Karnataka BJP on Monday accused the Congress-JD(S) government of arresting ‘techies’ (I-T employees) at Manyata Tech Park in Bengaluru during the Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s visit. Rahul addressed a gathering of start-up entrepreneurs in the city during which a group shouted “Modi, Modi” who were seen chased away by the police.
BJP tweeted the video of the police action and said: “Democracy in Danger. Police arrests few techies for raising pro Modi slogans at Manyata tech park in Bengaluru. This is the real face of democracy in a Cong JDS ruled state. It’s total dictatorship where freedom of choice & expression of citizens is suppressed.”
Democracy in Danger
Police arrests few techies for raising pro Modi slogans at Manyata tech park in Bengaluru.
This is the real face of democracy in a Cong JDS ruled state. It’s total dictatorship where freedom of choice & expression of citizens is suppressed. pic.twitter.com/5GoQJO2OqI
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) March 18, 2019
Retweeting this, BJP national president Amit Shah mocked Rahul and asked to “stop intimidating youth of India.”
“Hugs for ‘Tukde Tukde’ gang and arrest of peaceful youth raising pro-Modi slogans? Where are the champions of ‘Free Speech’? Yuvraj of CONgress must know ‘जिस ओर युवा चलता है उस ओर युग चलता है’। Stop intimidating youth of India, which has rejected your brand of politics.”
While denying the news of arrest, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy ‘advised’ the BJP workers to “behave properly” in public meeting. He said no one was arrested.
Responding to the allegations, Karnataka PCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao tweeted: “Firstly nobody was arrested, Secondly Amit Shah to tell his party workers to learn how to behave decently. But yes, suppressing people’s voices and spreading false propaganda is a program of a fascist party.”
Urban areas of Bengaluru normally stands with BJP during the polls. The saffron party also has good support among the IT employees. They expect to use this for the Lok Sabha elections.