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21 Jun 2018, 02:55 HRS IST
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  • Why was Gauri Lankesh not given security, BJP asks K'taka govt

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14:6 HRS IST

New Delhi, Sep 8 (PTI) The BJP on Friday questioned the Congress government in Karnataka on its failure to provide security to journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was murdered outside her house in Bengaluru, and referred to her work for the surrender of Naxalites

Senior BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad condemned the "malafide comments" on the "regrettable and unfortunate killing" of the journalist-activist

Various party leaders, he added, had spoken out against the murder

Showing copies of news reports of Lankesh's brother, Indrajit Lankesh, claiming that she had worked for the surrender of Naxalites, Prasad asked why the Siddaramaiah government had not provided her security

"Indrajit Lankesh is on record having said publicly that his sister was working actively to ensure the surrender of Naxalites...so was she doing it with consent and approval of the state government...and if so why was she not provided adequate security?" Prasad asked at a press conference

It had also been said that Naxalites were unhappy with this. "Why was there such a security failure by the Congress government in Karnataka?" he added

Taking on Cong Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Prasad asked why he had not questioned his party's government in the state

Rahul has already blamed RSS wing groups for killing the journalist, Prasad said. How then could a fair probe be expected from the Congress government in Karnataka, he added

Stressing that the BJP respects everyone's right to express their feelings and sense of repulsion, Prasad lashed out against "so called liberals of double standards" who remain silent on on the killings of RSS workers in Karnataka and Kerala

"Why is that all my all liberal friends who speak so eloquently and strongly against the killing of a journalist..

maintain conspicuous silence when so many RSS and BJP workers were killed in Karnataka and Kerala," he said

RSS and BJP workers are also entitled human rights.

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