‘Pakistan Zindabad’ Slogan Row: Karnataka Minister Pledges Action After Inquiry

"Pakistan Zindabad" Slogan Row: Karnataka Officials Pledge Action After Inquiry

Controversy has erupted in Karnataka, India after allegations surfaced that supporters of a victorious Rajya Sabha candidate chanted the slogan “Pakistan Zindabad” (“Long live Pakistan”). An FIR (First Information Report) has been filed, and a government minister has vowed to take action following a thorough investigation.

The Incident

The incident occurred after Syed Nasir Hussain, a Congress party candidate, won a seat in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India’s parliament. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition party, alleges that Congress supporters raised the pro-Pakistan slogan during celebrations.

Karnataka Minister Reacts

Karnataka Minister KH Muniyappa weighed in on the situation, stating, “An FIR has already been lodged, and after inquiry, the government will take proper action. It has already been placed before the Assembly that if this has happened, action will be taken. The government has done whatever it had to do.”

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BJP Condemns; Congress Denies

The BJP has roundly condemned the alleged incident, with state president Vijayendra Yediyurappa calling it “highly blasphemous.” Syed Nasir Hussain has denied the allegations, stating there was no such slogan-raising in his presence and that appropriate action would be taken upon investigation.

Chief Minister Responds

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah added, “Strict action will be taken if the allegations are proven true.” His statement came after Bengaluru city police registered a case and BJP leaders lodged a formal complaint.

The Significance of the Slogan

The slogan “Pakistan Zindabad” carries significant weight in India, given the tense history and ongoing rivalry between the two nations. It is considered deeply offensive and anti-national by many Indians.