Caught in RSS-Congress Row Over Jesus Statue, is Kanakapura Turning into Karnataka’s Communal Flashpoint?
Bengaluru: Kanakapura, a small town in the outskirts of Bengaluru, on Monday witnessed a big protest organised by the RSS against the proposal to install a 114-foot statue of Jesus Christ.
Holding local Congress MLA DK Shivakumar directly responsible for the Jesus statue controversy, Bhat alleged that Congress was aiding "Christianisation" of the area by extending support to installation of a statue of Jesus Christ.
The Congress strong man and seven-time MLA Shivakumar dismissed the RSS protest as an attempt by a desperate group to divert the public attention from real issues like collapsing economy.
But locals are worried about the recent developments to spoil communal harmony in their area, which has been the most peaceful for centuries.
The local Christians claim that they have been living there for over 350 years and the "disputed" Kapala Betta has been a site of worship for them for over one hundred years.