Azaan delivered outside Shivamogga DC office over BJP MLA’s comments about Allah


Members of the Muslim community recited azaan in front of the district collector’s office in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district. The protestors also raised slogans against Karnataka BJP leader KS Eshwarappa over his comment about azaan.

A video of the incident showed a youth reciting Azaan with his back to the Shiavmogga District Collector’s office. The protestors have threatened to do the same in front of Vidhana Soudha as well.

“If that leader (Eshwarappa) spoke against our parents, we can leave it, but he made a comment about Allah and azaan. If needed, we will recite azaan in front of Vidhana Soudha too. We are not cowards. All Muslim community should unite,” a man standing outside DC office said.

Meanwhile, the Shivamogga Police have registered a case under Section 107 after the incident. “We have advised the youth protesters to not repeat such activities and let them go. No one has been taken into custody. A probe is underway to identify their backgrounds. If anything suspicious is found, we will take action”, said Shivamogga Superintendent of police.

Meanwhile, JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy hit out at BJP leader Eshwarappa over the Azaan remark.

“These are sensitive matters. BJP is the reason why these incidents happen. Eshwarappa or any BJP leader should be in their limits. Our nation should be peaceful. Strict action should be taken against those who spoil our harmony,” HD Kumaraswamy said.

On Monday, senior BJP leader KS Eshwarappa had said loudspeakers used for Azaan disturb people, especially students preparing for examinations and patients in hospitals. He was responding to a query on his comments on Azaan made during the BJP’s Vijay Sankalp Yatra last Sunday at Shantinagar, which had gone viral on social media.

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