Sirsi (Karnataka), January 17: Members of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) used cow urine and tulsi leaves to “cleanse and purify” the venue where actor Prakash Raj delivered a speech at an event in Sirsi.Also Read - Former Union Minister Babul Supriyo Joins Trinamool Congress Nearly a Month After Quitting Politics

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The criticism did not please members of the BJP’s youth faction, who, on the day of Sankranti, decided to sprinkle cow urine in the entire area to “cleanse and purify” venue. “The kalyana mandapam is a sacred place where different religious programmes have been held for decades. The place lost its sanctity because of the entry of beef-eaters and abusers of Hindu religion,” a BJYM worker said, the Times of India reported.

Following the incident, Raj asked if the BJP workers will continue the purification service wherever he will go. “BJP workers cleaning and purifying the stage… from where I spoke in Sirsi town… by sprinkling cow urine (divine gomutra)… will you continue this cleaning and purification service where ever I go…?” he tweeted.

Known as a critique of the government, Prakash Raj has been vocal about his political stance in many instances and has locked horns with various political parties on the same. Raj was recently in the news for his criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the gruesome murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, and said this silence was “worrying.”

With inputs from ANI