Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Tuesday took a pot shot at Congress president Rahul Gandhi over police action against protesters, said to be techies, in Bengaluru. Shah alleged that the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government of Karnataka was “intimidating” people who oppose their politics.
“Hugs for ‘Tukde Tukde’ gang and arrest of peaceful youth raising pro-Modi slogans? Where are the champions of ‘Free Speech’? Yuvraj of CONgress must know ‘youth decides the future of a period’ Stop intimidating youth of India, which has rejected your brand of politics,” Shah wrote on Twitter.
The BJP president was referring to an incident that happened on Monday in Bengaluru. A group of protesters raised pro-Modi slogans outside the venue where Gandhi was addressing entrepreneurs in the city. The protesters put up placards asking Gandhi to leave the venue.
The police took the protesters, whom the BJP referred to as techies, into custody in order to clear the venue. The BJP condemned police action against the protesters at the Manyata Tech Park, where Gandhi’s event was held.
The Karnataka BJP posted a video on Twitter claiming that police arrested the techies for raising pro-Modi slogans at the Gandhi’s venue. “Democracy in Danger…Police arrest few techies for raising pro-Modi slogans at Manyata tech park in Bengaluru. This is the real face of democracy in a Cong JDS ruled the state. It’s a total dictatorship where freedom of choice & expression of citizens is suppressed,” read the tweet posted by BJP Karnataka on Monday night.
The video shows police telling the protesters to vacate the venue. The video does not show any use of force by police. The cops, however, could be seen pushing a few protesters away from the spot. Shah re-tweeted the post on Tuesday morning to target Rahul Gandhi.