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Congress in Karnataka takes the "Anjaneya" route in response to BJP's "Bajrang Bali" poll plank.

  • Posted on May 4, 2023
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As the Karnataka election approaches, political parties are using Lord Hanuman's name to influence voters. The BJP attacked Congress for pledging to ban the Bajrang Dal, prompting Congress to promise to develop Hanuman temples

In the lead up to the Karnataka election, political parties are using the name of Lord Hanuman to sway voters, creating an unusual scenario. The BJP had attacked the Congress for pledging to ban the Bajrang Dal, and in response, the Congress promised to develop Hanuman temples throughout the state if they are elected. With the election scheduled for May 10 and the counting of votes set for May 13, the BJP recited the Hanuman Chalisa, prompting the Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar to announce their plan to develop Anjaneya temples throughout the state if they win the election.


If the Congress party emerges victorious in the upcoming Karnataka election, it plans to develop Anjaneya temples across the state, according to Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar. The announcement comes after the BJP made Hanuman a central issue in the election by carrying out the recital of Hanuman Chalisa and criticizing Congress over its promise to ban the Bajrang Dal. The state will go to polls on May 10, with the counting of votes scheduled for May 13.



As the Karnataka election approaches, political parties are using Lord Hanuman's name to influence voters. The BJP attacked Congress for pledging to ban the Bajrang Dal, prompting Congress to promise to develop Hanuman temples
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During his visit to Chamundeshwari temple in Mysuru, Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar reaffirmed his party's commitment to the development of Anjaneya temples across the state if the Congress comes to power. He further added that the Congress party will prioritize the construction of new Anjaneya temples in various parts of the state. The announcement comes after the BJP used the "Bajrang Bali" poll plank to corner the Congress, which responded by promising to ban the Bajrang Dal and now focusing on the development of Anjaneya temples.


In an apparent move to counter the BJP's use of Hanuman Chalisa as a poll plank, Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar has said that if voted to power, the party will establish a special board to oversee the development and preservation of Anjanadri Hill, which is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. Shivakumar also stated that the Congress will organise programs aimed at educating the youth about the principles and values embodied by Lord Anjaneya, showing the party's commitment to the promotion of the deity's teachings.


During a recent election campaign in Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters to reject the "black culture" of abuse and to respond with "Jai Bajrangbali" when casting their vote, as a means of punishing those who use derogatory language. Meanwhile, the Congress party has released its election manifesto, which includes a proposal to ban organizations like Bajrang Dal and the Popular Front of India.



With the election scheduled for May 10 and the counting of votes set for May 13, the BJP recited the Hanuman Chalisa, prompting the Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar to announce their plan to develop Anjaneya temples
The BJP recited the Hanuman Chalisa, prompting the Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar to announce


During a rally in Vijayanagara on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticized Congress for its election manifesto, which talked about the ban on organizations like Bajrang Dal and the Popular Front of India. In response, Karnataka BJP leader KS Eshwarappa burnt a copy of the manifesto and claimed that the Bajrang Dal is a nationalist outfit. The PM had also accused the Congress of attempting to "lock up" people who worship Lord Hanuman.


According to recent reports, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has expressed its support for the Bajrang Dal and accused the Congress of defaming the organization. The VHP has claimed that the Congress has realized its mistake and is trying to make amends. The organization further stated that the people of Karnataka will not forgive the Congress for its mistake and will make them pay in the upcoming assembly polls. The VHP has also demanded that the Congress change its manifesto immediately.


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