Karnataka BJP MLA Gali Somashekhara Reddy, launched a barking tirade at Muslims, in Ballari on Friday, warning of “Hindu wrath”, if the community does not stops protesting against the anti-Constitutional Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Addressing a rally in north Karnataka’s Ballari, Reddy said: “We are 80 percent and you are just 17 percent. Imagine what will happen to you if we turn against you,” to the thumping cheers of BJP supporters and workers.
Somashekara Reddy is the brother of the Gali Janardhana Reddy, a former Union Minister and the prime accused in the 2011 multi-crore Ballari mining scam. Together, with another brother, the trio forms the infamous Reddy brothers, facing allegations of illegal mining, and high-level corruption. He is the legislator from Ballari urban and the former chairperson of Karnataka Milk Federation.
“This is my warning to you (Muslims), only 5 percent are here (at the event), if you create more trouble, if 100 percent of us come, you should understand what will happen to you,” said the hate-spewing extremist legislator.
“I warn people that if they are seen conducting any activity in Ballai against CAA or NRC, then they would be facing the wrath of Hindus. 17% of Muslims, will see the wrath of 80% Hindus,” Reddy said in his barking tirade.
The venomous bigot did not stop there. Raking the false bogey of the Muslim population increase in the country, he said that Muslims don’t have family planning. “You (Muslims) want to stay here and give birth to 10 to 20 children and you think hereafter we will keep quite. If you (Muslims) can give birth to 10 or 20, then we Hindus can give birth to 50,” he said.
The extremist legislator’s call for violence against Muslims has been widely criticised by people on social media, who asked why he is still not arrested.
A most divisive speech inciting violence by BJP MLA Somashekhara Reddy
"We are 80%, you are just 15%. Beware. You should listen to us if you want to live in our country else we will send you to your country"
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) January 3, 2020
BJP's Somashekar Reddy is threatening muslims in his speech in Ballari saying "we Hindus are 80%, you are only 17%, do not provoke us. If muslims want to stay in this country, they should follow our traditions". What is the punishment for inciting violence?? PM post??
— Priyanka Patil | #RejectCAA (@MissFurioso) January 3, 2020
As Mangalore Police files FIRs (selectively) on Muslim youth under sedition for sharing genuine videos on social media, this is @BSYBJP 's MLA & ex minister threatening to finish off minorities. This comes after CT Ravi's "warning". No action of course https://t.co/QgC9wZP0bD
— Yeh Log ! (@yehlog) January 3, 2020
Karnataka police what are you waiting for?
CT Ravi,somashekhar Reddy are openly threatening to the Muslims,why are these fellows out. Not a single action.
The public is cheering for his filthy speech. Why can't you identify from CCTV and videos and arrest all those?
— Jaweriya Afreen Hussaini جویریہ آفرینಜವೇರಿಯ (@HussainiJaweria) January 3, 2020
MLA Somashekar Reddy, this is Our Country too. This country is not your family legacy. How😡dare you threaten any citizen, of India? U have the gall to speak this language b’coz u r in power? Be mindful, we voted u 2 power. U dare to😤lord over us?@PMOIndia #ProtestsAgainstCAA https://t.co/9oV9qhGw5C
— Brinda Adige (@BrindaAdige) January 3, 2020
Somashekhar Reddy passed comments on Muslims and justified @Tejasvi_Surya 's comment of calling protestors puncture Wala .
I have done a small fact check and here's what I found.@ArunDev1 @Blast_Famous @ravishndtv @kunalkamra88 @NEWS9TWEETS pic.twitter.com/3EBBgfca2H
— Noor Zahira (@NoorZahira2) January 3, 2020
Anti Citizenship Act (CAA) demonstrators across India are carrying out peaceful protests as anger swells against the highly sectarian and anti-Constitutional law.
According to the Citizenship Amendment Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship. The Act intentionally leaves out Muslims.
The BJP-led government has said the new law will be followed by a National Register of Citizens (NRC) that means Muslims must prove they were original residents of India and not refugees from these three countries. Non-Muslims listed in the law, by contrast, have a clear path to citizenship.
The religiously discriminatory mechanisms of the Act shares worrying similarities with the rhetoric and policies of the Nazi German state between 1929-1940.