Bengaluru, Jul 26: A senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA stoked up a controversy on Thursday as he dubbed the liberals and intellectuals as ‘anti-nationals’. He also asserted that he would have ordered the police to shoot them if he was Karnataka home minister.
The former union minister Basanagouda Patil Yatnal was addressing a Kargil Vijay Diwas’ function in his Assembly constituency Vijayapura (formerly Bijapur), Yatnal when he made the statements.
Yatnal also blamed India’s first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru for the Kashmir problem. According to a report in News18, he claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would soon scrap Article 370 that gives special state status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the ruling JD(S)-Congress coalition government-led by HD Kumaraswamy has demanded an immediate action against the leader who is considered to be a close aide of Karnataka BJP President BS Yeddyurappa.
Yatnal, a Lingayat, was a BJP MLA between 1994 and 1999. On the other hand, he served as the BJP MP from Bijapur from 1999 to 2009.
Under the government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Centre, Yatnal was minister of state for Textiles and Railways between 2002 and 2004. He resigned from the BJP in 2010 and joined the JD(S). A year after, he quit the JD(S) and became an independent MLC. He returned back to the BJP in 2013.
This is not the first time that Yatnal has come in the limelight for his shocking remarks. A month ago, he reportedly asked the local BJP municipal members to refrain self from helping Muslims. A video of him saying that he has asked party councillors not to do any work for Muslims in their wards, went viral in June. “I have instructed BJP corporators not to do any work of Muslims,” he reportedly said in the video.