The BJP staged a protest in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner here on Monday alleging that Home Minister M B Patil is functioning in an autocratic manner and the State government is curbing the right to freedom of expression.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion, D Vedavyasa Kamath, MLA, Mangaluru City South, said that the State government is indulging in hate politics. The coalition government is arresting those who spoke against it, he said.
“When a former MLA made derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, no action was taken, though a complaint was filed,” he said.
Questioning the contribution of the coalition government in the State in the past one year, the MLA said that Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy made controversial statements against the people of the coastal region. “But he prefers the coast for relaxing and refreshing,” he added.
Nalin Kumar Kateel, Member of Parliament, said that the coalition government in the State will collapse after the announcement of the results of the Lok Sabha elections on May 23. The Chief Minister is fearing losing his chair, he added.
Though the city is facing a severe water crisis, the Chief Minister has not paid a visit to Mangaluru and tried to address the issue by holding a meeting, the MP said.