The controversy over the hijab continues in Karnataka. Meanwhile, state Home Minister Araga Gyanendra on Wednesday alleged that Congress leaders were adding to the tension in the state over the issue. The Home Minister said, ‘Congress leaders are adding fuel to the fire. His statements are increasing the tension in the state even more.
The Home Minister also referred to a claim made by Karnataka Pradesh Congress chief DK Shivakumar. DK Shivakumar had claimed that a college student had hoisted the saffron flag by replacing the national flag. Araga said that the Congress leader’s claim was false and there was no tricolor flag.
Araga Gyanendra said, ‘DK Shivakumar spoke irresponsibly which further increased the tension. This is a very condemnable statement made by a Congress leader. We should not fill religious things in the minds of students. The Home Minister said that Congress is currently the opposition party in the state. If this continues, people will throw this party in the Arabian Sea.
Shivakumar had earlier tweeted on Tuesday that the situation had gone out of hand in some educational institutions in Karnataka. A case has also been seen that the saffron flag was hoisted by replacing the national flag. In another tweet, he had said that some chaotic elements who were associated with BJP removed the national flag from a college in Shimoga and planted a saffron flag.
Let us tell you that the hijab controversy started in Karnataka in January this year. Firstly, students of a college in the Udupi district had alleged that the college management was not allowing them to sit in the classroom wearing hijab. During the protest, some girl students claimed that they were also prevented from entering the college for wearing hijab. After this incident, similar incidents came to light from different colleges of Udupi.
The Board of Pre-University Education had issued a circular saying that students can only wear the uniform decided earlier by the college administration. Wearing clothes depicting any religion is not allowed in the college.