Caste

BJP Workers Sprinkle Cow Urine to ‘Purify’ Venue After Prakash Raj’s Speech

A Yuva Morcha leader said that the mutt was made impure as people who ‘eat cow meat’ and those who are ‘anti-Hindu’ had entered it.

Veteran actor Prakash Raj. Credit: Twitter

New Delhi: Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha sprinkled cow urine on the stage of a programme where actor Prakash Raj had spoken a few days back.

Prakash Raj had been invited to speak at the Left-backed event titled ‘Our Constitution, Our Pride’ held at Raghavendra Mutt at Sirsi town in coastal Karnataka. In his speech, the actor was reportedly critical of the Uttara Kannada MP and Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde who is known for his strong Hindutva views.

The party workers also declared that all of Sirsi needed to be purified in the same way.

Speaking to The News Minute, the Karwar BJP Yuva Morcha President Vishal Marate called Prakash Raj a “pretend intellectual who has maligned the land”.

“These people are self-proclaimed, pretend and left leaning intellectuals, and have conducted a programme at a religious place and made it impure. He has spoken against our leader as well. That’s why we purified the place with gau sutra,” Marate said.

He went on to add, “Hindus consider the cow to be holy and they pray to the cow. The entry of people who eat cow meat and those who are against Hindu gods into Sirsi has made the entire city impure. Even considering people who cause trouble to the society is a sin. The society will not condone such acts. That’s why we decided to purify the place with cow urine”.

Marate added that the mutt was made impure as people who ‘eat cow meat’ and those who are ‘anti-Hindu’ had entered it.

Reacting to the incident, Prakash Raj took to Twitter, asking whether the leaders were going to ‘purify’ every place he went to from now on.

In December last year, the actor questioned Anantkumar Hegde on a statement he had made about Hindutva and nationalism being one and the same.

In a speech on Babasaheb Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, Prakash Raj had said, “To say that nationalism and Hindutva are one and the same is the new blind belief.”

National Award winning veteran actor of South Indian films has been very vocal recently about his anti-Hindutva views. Speaking at the 11th annual convention of the Left-affiliated student’s group, Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), Prakash Raj questioned the “silence” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the murder of Bengaluru-based senior journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh. He also went on to call the prime minister an ‘actor’.

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