Defending the decision of the state government to withdraw the Rs 10 lakh compensation to the family of two persons who died in police firing on December 19, during the protests over CAA and NRC in Mangaluru, Karnataka tourism minister CT Ravi said, the people fell victim to Congress provocation.
Karnataka tourism minister and firebrand BJP leader CT Ravi held the Congress party responsible for Mangaluru's recent "staged violence" and said it was due to provocation by the Congress that two persons ended up dead.
He blamed the Congress for indulging in minority appeasement and said, to oppose BJP, they (Congress) chanced upon this opportunity to protest.
"According to a survey, over 60% are in favour of CAA and NRC. The Congress fears losing its vote bank. In Karnataka alone, about 50,000 persons will obtain citizenship. The Congress wanted a reason to oppose this and they used this agitation as one," said CT Ravi.
Congress reacts: Former minister and Mangaluru MLA UT Khader said, Congress has nothing to do with the violence and demanded an inquiry.
"If we were at fault why will we demand a judicial probe?" asked UT Khader.
Last Updated 4:10 PM IST