Mistake to have included living man's name in martyrs' list: BJP MP
BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje was locked in a controversy after reports emerged about her having included Pujari's name in the list of '23 Hindu martyrs", which she sent to Home Minister .
"I had brought this mistake to the notice of the central government," she told PTI over phone
Karandlaje, an MP from Chikkamagaluru-Udupi, was locked in a controversy after reports emerged about her having included Pujari's name in the list of '23 Hindu martyrs", which she sent to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on July 8 2017,demanding an NIA probe into the killings of RSS/BJP workers in Karnataka.
A controversy had broken in July last year itself over her faux pas, for which she had expressed regret.
Pujari, who lives in a remote village in Udupi district, was attacked by masked people on September 20, 2015 and hospitalised.
He had recovered after about a month.
Targeting the Siddaramaiah government over being "soft" on "Jehadi forces", the BJP has made the killings of Hindu activists a major issue in its political discourse.
Karandlaje said even former deputy chief minister R Ashoka had admitted that there was mistake in the list which was brought to the notice of the central government last year.
Asked who were behind raking up the old issue, Karandlaje said it is the "malafide intentions" of Congress to raise this old issue to divert the people's attention from the ‘unholy electoral understanding' between Congress and SDPI-PFI.
"The Congress wants to divert the issue of their unholy electoral understanding with SDPI and PFI. Therefore, they are raking up this old issue," she said.
Social Democratic Party of India is the political wing of Popular Front of India, an Islamic outfit.
Karandlaje said that instead of politicising the issue, Congress leaders should visit Pujari, who was "nearly killed" and try to help him.
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