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Controversial BJP MP Says 'Hindus Won't Rest Till More Mosques Reclaimed'

Anantkumar Hedge is not new to controversy. Earlier, he had claimed that he would change the country’s constitution.

New Delhi: Karnataka’s controversial leader BJP leader Anantkumar Hegde, known for his communal remarks, once again raked controversy with his statements on mosques.

Hegde, who is a member of parliament from the Uttara Karnataka constituency, said that “the Hindu community won’t rest until more mosques are reclaimed”. His comment was made on the lines of Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya and the same location where the ruling BJP party is holding the consecration ceremony of the under-construction Ram temple.

Hedge is not new to controversy. Earlier, he had claimed that he would change the country’s constitution.

The recent communal statement was made by Hegde while criticising the Congress party leaders for being “anti-Hindu”. The Congress has decided to skip the January 22 ceremony at Ayodhya.

Lashing out at Hegde, the Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said “It (statement) reflects Hegde’s culture.” Siddaramaiah, who was speaking Bagalkot said that nothing better could be expected from a person like Ananth Kumar Hegde. “He was the one who said he would change the Constitution when he was a Minister,” Siddaramaiah reminded.

According to the Hindu’s report, Hegde, who maintained a low profile in the recent few years, is back to making controversial statements as the general elections are nearing and it is speculated that the party could consider another candidate for the Lok Sabha seat.