The BJP is unhappy at the apathy of the Home Minister and state Congress chief G Parameshwara towards BBMP women councillors who are allegedly being harassed by a Congress MLA.
A case of harassment of women coporators was booked against Congress MLA Munirathna and his followers in Yeshwanthpur police station in Bengaluru in December 2015. Despite this Congress government has not taken any action which has irked many leaders of the opposition BJP.
In fact a councillor of Congress party, Asha Suresh of HMT ward was one of the harassed councillors who raised the issue during the council meeting the next day and brought it to BBMP Mayor Manjunath Reddy’s attention.
Apart from her, Mamata Vasudev, councillor of JP Park ward has also been facing similar issues. She said that a neighbouring ward councillor, Venkatesh and she had an altercation over raising a boundary wall on December 30. She brought it to Reddy’s attention during the council meeting the next day.
Mamatha told The News Minute that since the council meeting she has been feeling threatened as a group of ten unknown people have been following her during her ward visits.
Though Mamatha says that she is not sure whether the goons who follow her have been sent by Munirathna, BJP leaders claim that they have been sent by Munirathna.
Party leader Ashwath Narayana who was one of the protesters said, “Parmeshwara should be taking action in these cases when he has all the power as a party president and home minister to take disciplinary action against such offenders. But he has been passive and not even spoken about it.”
During a protest on the issue BJP spokesperson S Prakash said, “Munirathna was given Rs 41 crore by BBMP for development work. The money was meant for the development of newly added areas or villages which clearly don’t fall under his constituency. So we want to know what he has done with that money without any guidelines.”
BJP spokesperson S Prakash pointed that no FIR has been registered yet when the case was registered in December 2015.
“Is the government trying to protect an abuser?” Ashwath asked.