Tejaswi Surya’s statement after murder of BJP activist Praveen stokes row

Bangalore, July 29 (IANS): The statement by BJP Chairman Yuva Morcha and South Bengaluru MP Tejaswi Surya asking if security guards can be provided to everyone has fueled the controversy.

The statement comes amid the murder of BJP leader Yuva Morcha, Praveen Nettar, in Bellare, Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka.

Former cabinet minister and congressman from Ullal constituency, UT Khader, criticized Surya for making the statement and said it showed his immaturity.

“…you (Tejaswi Surya), being from the ruling party, you wonder if security for everyone is possible. It shows your inefficiency and helplessness. People are watching all the developments…” said Khader.

Meanwhile, an alleged audio clip of Surya saying stones could have been bombed if the current government was led by Congress has leaked.

Congress Speaker DK Shivakumar, reacting to the leaked clip, said: “Surya has been hatching a well-planned plot for a long time. He said directly what his party employees should do…he is not behaving like a parliamentarian.”

Surya, while commenting on the murder of BJP activist Nettare, had said: “In Udaipur, Kanhaiya Lal was killed by those who came to his shop disguised as customers. Can we provide a security guard for everyone in the state?”

“Our responsibility as an organization is to be sensitive to Praveen’s family. He has a 9 month old baby. Where should Praveen’s family go? alongside the victims?” Surya said.

“…It is our duty to protect and help Praveen’s family. There is a tendency to forget the incidents of murders after a while. The cycle repeats itself every time. If this is to stop , there should be institutional changes in the state,” he said.

He had further stated that this case should be considered an act of terrorism rather than murder and that the sections of the UAPA should be slapped. The matter must be reviewed by the NIA, he said.