Union Minister says ‘we are here to change constitution,’ Siddaramaiah calls him ‘uncultured’


Union Minister of State for Employment and Skill Development Anantkumar Hegde has triggered a fresh controversy stating that his party, the BJP, was ‘here to change the Constitution.’

“We are here to change the Constitution,” The Hindu quoted the minister as saying.

Speaking at the function organised by the Brahmana Yuva Parishat and women’s organisation at Kukkanur in Yelburga taluk of Koppal district, Hegde said, “Those claiming to be secular and progressive do not have an identity of their parents and their blood. One will get self-respect through such identity.”

Taking exception to Hegde’s statement, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, “Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde is uncultured. He doesn’t know parliamentary or politically-correct language. He is unaware of the country’s social systems, and has no respect for the Constitution.”

Addressing a Congress rally in Hubli on Monday, Siddaramaiah said that it was impossible to turn a secular country into a Hindu Rashtra.

“He (Hegde) speaks anti-secular language. It is impossible to turn a secular country like India into a Hindu Rashtra,” Siddaramaiah was quoted by Deccan Herald.

Karnataka goes to elections next year and the BJP has kick-started its campaign to dislodge the Congress government from its last remaining big state. Last week, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had invoked Hindutva card in order to polarise votes along the lines of religion in Karnataka.

Speaking at a rally in Hubli, Adityanath had said, “The people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have defeated Congress and the party will be defeated in Karnataka as well. No one worshipping Tipu Sultan will remain in Karnataka.”

Tipu Sultan, a Muslim, was the 18th century brave warrior, who was martyred while fighting the British in Mysore.