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BJP-Congress Clash Over Arrest of Yuva Morcha Leader in Mangaluru

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In Mangaluru, tensions have escalated between BJP and Congress leaders following the arrest of BJP Yuva Morcha leader Shashiraj Shetty. The incident, which occurred on May 18, has sparked a war of words between the two political parties.

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Arrest and Allegations

Shashiraj Shetty, also known as a rowdy sheeter, was arrested by the Belthangady Police for alleged involvement in illegal stone mining. Additionally, he faces charges under Section 9B(1)(B) of the Explosives Act 1884 and Section 5 of the Explosive Substances Act 1908.

Political Response

Belthangady MLA Harish Poonja, along with party members, protested Shetty’s arrest at the police station. Poonja’s actions during the protest led to accusations of using unconstitutional language, threatening officers, and obstructing their duties. Consequently, a case was filed against him under IPC Sections 353 and 504.


BJP vs. Congress

The BJP has accused the Congress of orchestrating Shetty’s arrest, while Congress leaders condemned Poonja’s behavior, labeling it as “goon-like” and detrimental to law and order. District in-charge minister Dinesh Gundu Rao criticized Poonja’s support for the accused, alleging that it reflects BJP’s disregard for the constitution and societal order.


The clash between BJP and Congress leaders over Shetty’s arrest highlights the ongoing political tensions in Mangaluru. While the legal proceedings unfold, the incident underscores the deep-rooted rivalry between the two parties in the region.

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