Karnataka hijab row: Congress claims SDPI never wanted to settle the issue, accuses it of ‘covertly’ backing BJP

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Congress minority wing on Friday claimed that the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) never wanted to settle the hijab issue and accused it of covertly backing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Dakshina Kannada Congress minority wing president Shahul Hameed has alleged that SDPI has been providing fodder for the BJP to implement its agenda.

He also claimed that Yashpal Suvarna, BJP leader and vice-president of the Udupi government PU college development committee, blew the hijab issue out of proportion without trying to solve it internally.

BJP is nurturing illusions that they can get political mileage out of the current controversy, he alleged and said that Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Siddaramaiah and KPCC chief D K Shivakumar have already clarified the stand of the grand old party over the issue.

Meanwhile, the BJP has refuted the allegations with Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi saying that Congress has worked to fuel the controversy over the hijab row and also started a campaign to spread misinformation on the uniform.

“The manner in which the culture, culture and Constitution of India is being attacked through communal outcry of hijab, I have to say that the Congress party, which worked to fuel the controversy of this hijab, have started a campaign to spread misinformation on the uniform,” ANI quoted Naqvi as saying.

The saffron party has also slammed All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen saying it is “intentionally” misleading the Muslim community on the issue.

The protests over hijab started in Karnataka in January this year when some students of Government Girls PU College in the Udupi district of the state alleged that they had been barred from attending classes. During the protests, few students claimed they were denied entry into the college for wearing hijab.

Now, the protest has spread beyond Karnataka with similar demonstrations being reported from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

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