A statement by Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde, who equated his mindless critics to “barking dogs” at an event organised by his Skill Development Ministry at Ballari in Karnataka, has been construed as an attack on Dalit groups which had staged a protest against him at Ballari over a remark he had made last year about changing the Constitution.
Hedge, who faced black flag protests from Dalit groups on Saturday when he arrived to attend a job fair and skill exhibition, said in his speech: “We have our commitment to the nation and we will not be swayed by barking dogs.”(not referring to protesters or the dalts)
Actor Prakash Raj a known congress supporter , with intention to malign BJP construed the comment as a reference to Dalits who protested against Hedge. He tweeted: “Serial offender…minister Ananthkumar Hegde at it again….he calls Dalits DOGs for protesting against his controversial Constitution remark…’’
The minister denied the charge on Twitter, calling the actor’s remark “glaring propaganda by the ugly distorted minds, who refuse to grow’’.
One of the rare moments when one of the media points the glaring propaganda by the ugly distorted minds, who refuse to grow.https://t.co/N8HjO8jv9Y
— Anantkumar Hegde (@AnantkumarH) January 21, 2018
Enough is enough.🙏🙏🙏..Serial offender…minister Ananthkumar Hegde at it again….he calls Dalits DOGs ..for protesting against his controversial constitution remark… supreme leaders of #bjp will you ask him to step down …or do you endorse his abuse #justasking
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) January 20, 2018
Here is the speech which Prakash Raj referred to as and nowhere did Ananth Hegde called DALITS and DOGS.