Not Roads, Water; Karnataka Polls about Hindus vs Muslims: BJP MLA

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New Delhi, April 19: BJP MLA has invoked outrage with his remark that the battle for Karnataka is “not about roads and drinking water but about Hindu-Muslim incidents”.

A video in which saffron party leader Sanjay Patil cam be observed making a controversial statement is in wide circulation.

“I am Sanjay Patil, I am Hindu, this is a Hindu rashtra (nation) and we want to build the Ram temple. If Lakshmi Hebbalikar (Congress candidate and president of KPCC women’s wing) says she can build the mandir – vote for her. They will build Babri Masjid instead. Whoever wants Babri Masjid, Tipu Jayanthi they should vote for the Congress. And who wants Shivaji Maharaj and Ram Mandir should vote for the BJP,” NDTV quoted Patil as saying in Kannada.

He came up with this remarks at a public meeting. However, it’s not clear from the video when and where it was recorded.

Patil represents the Belagavi Rural constituency in north Karnataka.

Crucial Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections will take place on May 12 and the results to be out on May 15.

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