Bengaluru,Dec 15: In a major embarrassment for PM Narendra Modi, a BJP MLA was heard asking Hindus to have at least one gun in their homes while himself brandishing a sword. The BJP MLA called upon Hindu youths to become fighters to take on terrorists.
Police have booked a suo motu case against Telangana BJP MLA T Raja Singh, right wing outfit Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik and two others for alleged "inflammatory" speeches in north Karnataka three days ago.
Police said the four leaders, besides a large number of people, raised slogans and gave speeches that amounted to creating hatred between communities at the 'Hindu Dharma Samavesha', organised by the Sene at Yadgir on December 12.
BJP leader Vijay Patil and Siddalinga Swamy of Karuneshwara Mutt were the other two against whom the cases had been booked, they said. Brandishing a sword, Singh reportedly exhorted Hindu youth to strive to become Hindu fighters till the goal of 'Akhand Bharat' was achieved. "In the near future, every Hindu youth will have to brandish a sword to fight terrorism. You can do nothing with one sword. We need more. If needed, people should be ready to kill for the sake of religion," Raja Singh, MLA from Ghoshamahal in Telangana was heard saying.
Speaking to PTI,Inspector General of Police (North Eastern Range) Alok Kumar said "We have taken up a suo motu case." He said Raja Singh made a "controversial and inflammatory speech" at the "Hindu Dharma Samavesha" and two or three people had displayed swords at the function.
"We have taken up a case of unlawful assembly, display of arms and spreading hatred between communities against four persons -- Pramod Kumar Muthalik, Vijay Patil, Raja Singh Thakur and Andola Swamy and others," he said.