Following his resignation from the Janata Dal (Secular) after the party joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Syed Shafiulla Saheb Sunday hit out at BJP for “maintaining silence over the situation in Manipur which saw violence”.
Saheb, who was the state unit Vice-President, severed his ties with the party following the tie-up with the BJP.
Highlighting the difference between the ideologies of the JD(S) and BJP, he said, “I have resigned from the JDS party following its decision to form an alliance with the BJP .The ideology of the JD(S) and BJP, which is based on Hindutva, are different”.
He also slammed the Centre over ethnic clashes in the BJP-ruled state of Manipur since May.
“What happened during riots in Manipur..? There is a BJP government, both at the State and Center. Violence broke out under the nose of the BJP government. But the government went in silent mode and did not face it”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day address had appealed for peace in strife-torn Manipur saying that people across the country stand with the people of the Northeast state.
JD(S) leader and former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy made the announcement of his party joining the BJP after meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda in the national capital.
The JD(S) had aligned with the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, however, the parties faced a drubbing as the BJP swept 25 out of the 28 seats in Karnataka while Congress and JDS secured one seat each and even an independent candidate supported by the BJP won from the Mandya constituency. (ANI)