Bangalore, 23/4: BJP leaders on Saturday raised the pitch for Karnataka to bulldoze the homes of rioters, similar to what was done in other party-ruled states.
BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel pushed for the ‘bulldozer’ approach by citing action taken by the governments in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
“The violence we are seeing is politically motivated and we expect more such incidents to be created in an election year. So, we need strong laws under which the properties of people who burn public offices and demoralise the police and society are taken over and demolished. This is what we, as a party, tell the government,” Kateel told reporters. “There is no caste or religion here because such acts of violence are equal to terrorism,” he added.
Revenue Minister R Ashoka, widely seen as number two in the Bommai administration, termed rioters “traitors who should not have a roof”.