Cong slams Hedge’s comments on seculars


Bengaluru, Dec 25: The Karnataka pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), taking offense to Ananthkumar Hedge’s comments stating that seculars don’t have any “parentage”, has said that he is “nalayak” or useless to be a Hindu.
Addressing the media on Monday KPCC working president Dinesh Gundu Rao said: “You are nalayak (useless) to be a Hindu. There is no space for such thinking in Hindu religion. You are defaming the Hindu religion and should stop your two-faced speeches.”
KPCC president G Parameshwara asked Hegde to apologise to the people, for his statement claiming seculars did not have ‘their own identity’.
“Saying that secular people do not know their father or mother or parentage is an unparliamentary usage of word. The minister must apologise to the people for making such statements,” he said.
On the statement of amending the Constitution, the Congress has said Hegde is “anti-constitution” and is offending the architects of the same, including Babasaheb Ambedkar.
“The Constitution can be amended but never overhauled. It is offending the sensibilities of the people and the architect of the constitution,” he said.
Meanwhile, efforts to seek comments from Hegde’s colleague and 2018 Karnataka elections in-charge Prakash Javadekar went in vain.
While Javdekar made statements in Bengaluru, he refused to comment on Hegde’s controversial statements.
“I am only giving bytes to the media on issues, will not field any questions today,” he said and walked away.
On Sunday, Hegde kicked up a storm by stating that secularists and thinkers, who don’t believe in religion and caste, have no self-identity or parentage.
“I don’t have any objection if one identifies himself as Muslim, Christian or Lingayat, but secularists are fools. Some people are trying to establish a new tradition by calling themselves secularists, and I’m sceptical about being called secular,” Hegde said at a function organised by Brahman Yuva Parishad in Kukanur town in Yelburga taluk.