Dalit protests: “Not bother about barking street dogs”, says BJP Minister

Anantkumar Hegde
Anant kumar Hegde

New Delhi, Jan 22: Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Anantkumar Hegde, after Constitution Remark, has once again invited flak for allegedly comparing Dalit protesters to street dogs.

The minister’s convoy, on its way to launch a job fair in Karnataka’s Ballari on Saturday,was stopped by Dalit protestors who were criticising his earlier remark on amending the Constitution, NDTV reported.

Later,addressing at the event, the minister stated that the government was determined to help the people of the state and transform the country as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has envisaged. “We cannot be bogged down by some street dogs staging protests,” he added, allegedly referring to the agitators.

However,  Hegde on Sunday denied having made any anti-Dalit remark and criticised the Congress for “deliberately trying to tarnish” his image on the issue.

Reacting to Hegde’s statement, Actor Prakash Raj said in a tweet “Serial offender…minister Ananthkumar Hegde at it again….he calls Dalits DOGs for protesting against his controversial Constitution remark…”.

Earlier, last year speaking at a function in Karnataka’s Kukanur, Hedge had said ” “Some people say the Constitution says secular and you must accept it. We will respect the Constitution, but the Constitution has changed several times and it will change in the future too. We are here to change the Constitution and we’ll change it soon.”

After witnessing controversy, he apologised to the Parliament for his statement.

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