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They killed Gandhi, will they spare me, asks Siddaramaiah

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 “They killed Gandhi. Will they spare me?” former Karnataka Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah asked, he claimed to have received death threat calls.

“They killed Gandhi. Godse shot Gandhi. They worship his picture,” he further said addressing an event at Chikmagalur.

Taking cognisance of this, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said he met Siddaramaiah and assured him of adequate security and a thorough investigation. He also sought details of the threat calls from Siddaramaiah for investigation.

“We are taking this issue seriously. We have spoken to the Director General of Police regarding this. Police will investigate it. We have directed the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly to provide full security. No one should make such a statement which causes jealousy in the mind of others,” he said.

Siddaramaiah raised concerns over his safety after eggs were hurled at his car and black flags were waved during his visit to Kodagu and Chikkamagaluru.

Bommai also held talks with DGP (Law and Order) Alok Kumar and directed him to give additional security to Siddaramaiah following recent developments.

The CM also asked both political parties not to take the law into their hands and avoid making any inciteful comments.

The ire over Siddaramaiah was triggered when he questioned putting up of freedom fighter Veer Savarkar’s photo in a majority Muslim area.

Following his remarks, saffron and BJP activists began protesting.

During Siddaramaiah’s visit to Kodagu on Thursday, eggs were thrown at his car and black flags were waved.

Meanwhile, Congress leaders and workers alleged the involvement of the state BJP government and Sangh Parivar organizations in throwing eggs at Siddaramaiah’s car and protested in different parts of the state.

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