Union Minister apologises for 'Tamilians’ remark after spat with MK Stalin

Shobha Karandlaje has apologised for implicating a Tamil Nadu native was involved in the Bengaluru bomb blast, clarifying her remarks and expressing regret for any offense caused.
Union Minister apologises for 'Tamilians’ remark after spat with MK Stalin

Union Minister Shobha Karandlaje on Tuesday apologised for her remarks stating a person from Tamil Nadu planted the bomb at Bengaluru's Rameswaram Cafe. Karandlaje's apology came after a war of words erupted between her and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin over her statement.

In an X post, Karandlaje said, "To my Tamil brothers & sisters, I wish to clarify that my words were meant to shine light, not cast shadows. Yet I see that my remarks brought pain to some - and for that, I apologize. My remarks were solely directed towards those trained in the Krishnagiri forest, linked to the Rameshwaram Cafe blast. To anyone from Tamilnadu effected, From the depths of my heart, I ask your forgiveness. Furthermore, I retract my previous comments (sic)."

In an earlier post, Karandlaje wrote, "Mr. Stalin, What has become of Tamil Nadu under your rule? Your appeasement politics have emboldened radical elements to attack on Hindus & BJP workers day and night. Frequent Bomb blasts bearing the hallmarks of terror outfits like ISIS explode while you turn a blind eye."

"FYI, the Rameshwaram bomber was trained in Krishnagiri forests under your nose. Tamil makkal has a long history of harmonious relations with Karnataka (sic)," she tweeted.

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Union Minister apologises for 'Tamilians’ remark after spat with MK Stalin

In a widely shared video on social media, Shobha could be heard saying, “People from Tamil Nadu come here, get trained there, and plant bombs here. They placed a bomb in the cafe,” referring to the bomb blast at Bengaluru’s Rameshwaram Cafe on March 1.

Meanwhile, Stalin shared Karandlaje's viral video on his official X handle and called for legal action against the BJP leader.

Stalin termed her claims as "reckless" and said only an NIA official or someone closely linked to the case should have the authority to make any remarks.

"Clearly, she lacks the authority for such assertions. Tamilians and Kannadigas alike will reject this divisive rhetoric of BJP. I also urge for appropriate legal action against Shobha for causing a threat to peace, harmony and national unity," Stalin's tweet read.

“From the Prime Minister to cadre, everyone in the BJP should stop engaging in this dirty divisive politics at once. ECI must take note of this hate speech and initiate stringent action immediately,” he added.

Source: India Today

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