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BJP distances itself from Karnataka MP's comments on amending Constitution

The Congress accused the BJP and the RSS of having a 'hidden and devious' agenda of "re-writing and destroying" the Constitution after Hegde remarked that his party needs a two-third majority to amend the Constitution.

Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika New Delhi Updated on: March 22, 2024 13:39 IST
Karnataka MP Anantkumar Hegde
Image Source : FILE Karnataka MP Anantkumar Hegde

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday distanced itself from a Karnataka MP Anantkumar Hegde following a row over his comments on amending the Constitution. The party further sought clarification from him. With the opposition targeting the ruling party over the Karnataka MP's comments, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said the party has always acted in line with constitutional ethos and national interest.

In a post on X, the Karnataka unit of the BJP said, "MP Ananthkumar Hegde's remarks on the Constitution are his personal views and do not reflect the party's stance.

BJP reaffirms our unwavering commitment to uphold the nation's Constitution and will ask for an explanation from Hegde regarding his comments."

The Congress accused the BJP and the RSS of having a "hidden and devious" agenda of "re-writing and destroying" the Constitution after Hegde remarked that his party needs a two-third majority to amend the Constitution.

Addressing a gathering at Karwar in Karnataka, Hegde said the BJP needs a two-third majority in both houses of Parliament to amend the Constitution and "set right the distortions and unnecessary additions made to it by the Congress".

A six-term Lok Sabha MP and former Union minister, Hegde is known for his hardline views and his comments have sparked controversies in the past too.

Addressing a gathering in Uttara Kannada district, Hegde said, "If the Constitution has to be amended -- the Congress fundamentally distorted the Constitution by forcefully filling unnecessary things in it, especially by bringing in laws that were aimed at suppressing the Hindu society -- if all of this has to be changed it is not possible with this (current) majority.

Reacting to Hegde's statement, Karnataka deputy chief minister and state Congress chief D K Shivakumar said this showed that the BJP was 'anti-Constitution'.

"Let him do it, amend the Constitution... this shows that the BJP government (at the Centre) and the BJP MP are against the Constitution given by Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Let him get it stamped by the prime minister," he told reporters.

(With inputs from PTI)

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