Veteran RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat is in a controversy again. This time because a video of him comparing Ullal town in Karnataka’s Mangaluru to Pakistan has gone viral.
Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat while speaking at the ‘Grama Vikasa Saptaaha’ organised in Kinya village on Sunday said, “Hindus have reduced in and around Kinya. I don’t have to speak about Ullal. So then who will protect our temples and who will protect our traditions? Why was there a Pakistan? Our numbers have been reduced and their numbers increased and that is why we got Pakistan and Bangladesh. If you go to Ullal pete (town), isn’t it Pakistan? Is it any different? Near home itself, a Pakistan has been built.”
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According to the 2011 census data, 56.1 per cent residents of Ullal are Muslim while 34.8 per cent residents are Hindus in the area and around 9.34 per cent are Christians.
Soon after the controversy broke out, pictures of changing the Ullal bus stop to Pakistan and also the requirement of a passport to enter Ullal have gone viral on social media.
Former minister and Congress MLA UT Khader has, meanwhile, hit out at the RSS leader asking him and others to stop thinking about Pakistan all the time and instead think of India which will then benefit the society. He told India Today TV, “Some people also think of Pakistan only in their dreams and not of India. I request each and everyone, instead of thinking of Pakistan, think of India and the society and also the people who live in unity. This will benefit the country in the days to come.”
Khader said that the statement made by the RSS leader will not change the harmony in Ullal. “Ullal will always be a socially harmonious place where all people live together. This type of statement is very bad for society,” he added.