Mangaluru, Jan 18 : The row over the proposed construction of the tallest statue of Lord Jesus in the country, standing next only to Christ The Redeemer, refuses to die down, with both RSS and Congress indulging in a verbal duel.
Senior Congress leader and former state minister Ramanath Rai on Saturday lashed out at RSS honcho Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat for his provocative remarks, saying that few people were targeting the minorities in the society. Speaking to newspersons here, he recalled the infamous Church attack incident, saying that the Christians did not revolt even then. 'A Church makes way for a temple in the US, where Christians are in majority. But, no one protested there.
The act has been appreciated by others. 'In London too, an idol of Basavanna has been installed. There too, no one opposed the installation of the statue,' said Mr Rai, expressing his displeasure that in a secular and harmonious country like India, 'We are facing opposition for erection of Jesus statue.' On the issue of a likely ban on PFI and SDPI outfits, Mr Rai said that he had no knowledge of the same.
'BJP can impose the ban, if it will reap them political gains,' he added. On January 13, Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat, during a protest rally opposing the erection of a 114-ft tall statue of Jesus Christ at Kapalibetta in Kanakapura, said that India is a land of Krishna and not Christ. 'We will not allow the Christ statue to be erected on Kapalabetta,' he had said. (UNI)