In the aftermath of the Congress party’s victory in the Karnataka Assembly polls, Nalin Kumar Kateel, the President of the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has voiced strong concerns about the emergence of what he calls ‘Talibanisation’ in the region. Kateel alleged that individuals engaged in “anti-national activities” were gaining strength and posing a threat to peace and harmony. His statements came after he met with the family members of Krishnappa, a BJP worker who was reportedly killed while protesting against the bursting of crackers near his residence in Bengaluru Rural district’s Hoskote.
Kateel squarely placed the blame on the Congress party, asserting that they had fostered and promoted these elements within the state. He condemned the incident and stated that Karnataka was at risk of becoming a ‘mini-Bihar,’ implying that the politics of hatred and lawlessness were prevalent. According to him, the incident in Hoskote is indicative of the potential establishment of a ‘jungle raj,’ suggesting a deteriorating law and order situation.
Emphasizing that the BJP would not remain passive in the face of such developments, Kateel vowed to confront and counter the rising tide of violence. He sought to reassure party workers, urging them not to panic and promising to deliver a strong and fitting response to these challenges.
Kateel further highlighted that instances of violence had occurred in various parts of the state, including Yadgir, Shivamogga, Bhatkal, following the announcement of the election results. He urged the police to act swiftly and bring to justice all those involved in such acts of violence.
In the recently concluded Assembly elections, the Congress party emerged victorious, securing 135 seats out of the total 224, thereby dethroning the BJP from power. The BJP managed to secure 66 seats, while the Janata Dal (Secular) led by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda won 19 seats.
The concerns raised by Nalin Kumar Kateel reflect the apprehensions and anxieties within the BJP over the changing political landscape in Karnataka. His comments about ‘Talibanisation’ and the perceived rise in anti-national activities are strong accusations against the Congress party and highlight the deep political divisions in the state. As Karnataka moves forward under a new government, it remains to be seen how these concerns will be addressed and whether efforts will be made to foster peace, harmony, and effective governance in the region.