Describing progressive thinkers and secularists as more dangerous to the nation than Pakistan, BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, who is known for giving controversial statements, has said that he would have ordered action against progressive thinkers if were Home Minister.

Speaking at the 19th Kargil Day programme at the office of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat here on Thursday, he said that progressive thinkers and secularists were supporters of anti-national forces.

“These so-called progressive thinkers and secularists always support anti-national people. They consume water and food that belong to the country and use tax payers money for their benefits, but when it comes to nationalism, they show their loyalty to anti-national people and raise anti-India slogans,” he said. Mr. Yatnal said that India is getting ruined because of these progressive thinkers and secularists.

Criticising some human right activists for not standing up for the jawans of the Indian Army when they were being attacked by anti-social elements, Mr. Yatnal said that these activists express their solidarity with anti-social elements when the latter are arrested or killed by security forces.

“Where the sentiments and sympathy of these activists go when our jawans are hurt? Instead of standing up for our jawans, these people accuse them of raping women in Kashmir,” Mr. Yatnal said.

It may be noted that Mr. Yatnal has given similar controversial statements after winning the Assembly election where he had said that he did not want Muslims to come to him seeking any help. He had said that since Muslims had not voted for him in the elections, he would not work for them in his capacity as MLA from Vijayapura city.

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