Thursday, February 22, 2024

Karnataka education minister BC Nagesh, man behind Hijab ban, lost elections

Karnataka Education Minister and BJP leader BC Nagesh who enforced the Hijab ban in Karnataka’s educational institutes and urged an economic boycott of Muslims in the state, has lost the elections from the Tiptur constituency.

Nagesh was among the several senior leaders of the Hindutva party who lost the polls.

In Tiptur constituency, it was a fight between B.C. Nagesh from the BJP, K Shadakshari from the Congress, and Shanthakumar from the JD(S).

JP candidate Nagesh won in 2008 and 2018 from this constituency while Congress’ Shadakshari won and became MLA from this constituency in 2013.

Nagesh who has been inducted as minister in 2021 after Basavaraj Bommai took charge as chief minister, was lauded as the ‘man behind the Hijab ban‘ by Hindutva figures in the state. He was also accused of hate and genocidal speech against Muslim minorities in Karnataka.

As the results are being declared, Congress is set for a comfortable win in the southern state which will also mark BJP’s exit from the southern part of India. The Congress has been winning or leading in 137 out of 224 assembly seats way above the magic number of 113.

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