Uttara Kannada Member of Parliament and Minister of State for Skill Development Anantkumar Hegde’s statement about changing the Constitution has garnered severe criticism not just from the Opposition, but from his own party as well.
On Saturday, former Member of Legislative Assembly from Nanjangud, V Srinivas Prasad, who defected to the Bharatiya Janata Party earlier this year, lashed out against the Minister and called him “stupid”.
“He (Hegde) has been an MP five times and he doesn’t know what is in the Constitution? He is stupid. He should be ashamed for making such statements,” Srinivas said.
He added that both Anantkumar and Go Madhusudhan had “no understanding” of the Constitution.
“A Chief Minister from Gujarat, who was elected the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi), when he entered the Parliament for the first time, he said ‘even someone like me who used to sell chai can become the Prime Minister of this country and it is because of our Constitution’. But when people like Modi say how great the Constitution is, can’t people like Go Madhusudhan and Anantkumar Hegde understand this?” Prasad questioned.
Prasad also called Madhusudhan a “religious fundamentalist”, while stating that the BJP leader had not carried out any developmental works in his constituency.
“They are talking about secularism and changing the Constitution. So where did this start from? In Mysuru, with MLC Go Madhusudhan. He is a religious fundamentalist. There has been no development in his constituency. He has become the MLA twice and when he spoke on the TV debate regarding the Tipu Jayanti issue, he made derogatory statements about the Constitution,” Srinivas said.
He was referring to the debate aired on Kannada news channel, TV9, where Go Madhusudhan, while lashing out against Congress MLC Ugrappa, said that “the Constitution is not holy and what is written in it is a lie”.
Speaking to TNM, Srinivas Prasad said that his statements were not politically motivated. "If anyone says such things about the Constitution, I will condemn it. I did not say those things about my party men for some political gain," he added.
Madhusudan’s comments had garnered censure from progressive groups and lawyers. Protests had been staged in Mysuru, where lawyers and activists demanded that Madhusudhan had insulted the Constitution and had indulged in an act of treason.
On November 14, a complaint under Article 124 (A) has been filed against Madhusudhan at the KR police station.