Karnataka: After campaigning against the hijab, halal and banning Muslim traders in temple fairs, Hindu organizations in Karnataka now are planning a campaign to ban Muslim mango traders and sculptors from making idols of Hindu Gods.
Though the ruling BJP tried to distance itself from banning mango traders, it is maintaining silence on other issues. Opposition Congress and JD(S) are slamming the ruling BJP for these developments and AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi has stated that the Karnataka government was enforcing untouchability on Muslims.
Melukote Cheluvanaraya Swamy temple Sthanik Srinivasan on Thursday said that he will take up a campaign across the state to ban Hindu idols being sculpted by Muslim sculptors. “The idols of Hindu gods sculpted by Muslim artistes can’t be installed in the Hindu temples, it is against the traditions. I will tour the state and bring awareness in this regard,” he had stated.
Sri Ram Sena has also extended the support to ban installing of idols in temples that are sculpted by Muslims and given a call for temple authorities not to get any idols made by Muslim sculptors.
Meanwhile, the campaign to ban Muslim traders in the mango trade has gained momentum in the state. The Hindu activists are running an online campaign to take back the mango wholesale trade dominated by Muslim businessmen. Chandru Moger, Hindu Janajagruthi Samiti coordinator appealed to Hindus to buy fruits from only Hindu vendors and boycott Muslim traders.