New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari on Thursday termed the crisis in Karnataka in wake of the recent Assam violence to be extremely unfortunate, and asked the Congress-led UPA government to take stern action against the anti-national forces trying to create communal violence.
Gadkari said the present situation in Assam is due to differences between Indians and foreign nationals.
"I expect the Central government to take stern action against the anti-national forces. Those forces, those who want to destabilize India and create complications and spoil the law and order situation in the country," said Gadkari.
Gadkari said that he has discussed the present situation in Karnataka with Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, and assured that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled state will take all measures to protect all Northeast students.
"Not a single incident has happened there, but because of the fear a lot of Northeast students are leaving Karnataka, Hyderabad. I have already discussed this issue with my chief minister. We will protect all the Northeast students and citizens and our government will take extra measures for that," said Gadkari.
"I want the Central government to take stern action against these anti-national forces, those who want to create law and order problem, those whose intention is to create communal violence," he added.
Gadkari further mentioned that the BJP would raise this issue in both Houses of Parliament, and also convey its feelings to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde over the matter.
"Already, the Leader of Opposition in both the Houses are taking this issue very seriously. They will take this subject in the Houses of Parliament, and at the same time we will try our level best to talk to our chief minister also and we will also convey our feeling to the Home Minister and the Prime Minister," he said.
Union Home Secretary RK Singh earlier this morning said that there has been no untoward incident in Karnataka, and appealed people to stop spreading rumours.
Singh emphasized that people from the northeastern states are not facing problems in any region of the country, and added that the ongoing rumour in Karnataka has to be stopped.
"There has been no incident in Karnataka. I have been speaking to the Chief Secretary and the DGP. These are just rumours and people need to discount rumours. People need to avoid spreading rumours. That is what is happening, some people are spreading rumours. There has been no incident," said Singh.
Singh informed that Karnataka Home Minister R Ashok himself went to the railway station to stop the people from the northeastern states from leaving the city and made efforts to instill confidence in them.
"The people had gone to the railway station to go to the Northeast. The Home Minister of Karnataka himself went and told them that there is nothing to fear. So, this rumour has to stop," he added.
The Prime Minister earlier spoke to Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on the issue of providing security to people from northeastern states staying in Karnataka.
Home Minister Shinde also spoke to Shettar last night and asked him to ensure the safety of people from northeastern states.
Shettar has assured the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that people from the Northeast will be given full security in the state.
The fear of being targeted on communal lines in the wake of the recent Assam riots has led to an exodus of over 15000 people from Assam working in Bangalore.