Prakash Raj Calls Ananth Kumar Hegde 'Barking Dog' Remark An Attack On Dalits, Hegde Denies

| January 22 , 2018 , 11:26 IST

Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde, who had previously landed in a controversy over his statements on 'changing the constitution' once again faced flak for his comments on 'barking dogs' which actor Prakash Raj alleged referred to the Dalit community. Raj's comments were rejected by Hegde.

At an event of the Skill Development Ministry in Karnataka on Saturday, Hegde referred to his critics as 'barking dogs' saying, “We have our commitment to the nation and we will not be swayed by barking dogs.”

Since members of Dalit groups had staged a black flag protest against him near the event location over the comments he made on 'changing the constitution', Raj alleged that the 'barking dogs' comment referred to the Dalits.

Raj tweeted: “Enough is enough. Serial offender minister Ananthkumar Hegde at it again. He calls Dalits DOGs for  protesting against his controversial constitution remark. Supreme leaders of bjp will you ask him to step down or do you endorse his abuse?"

Prakash Raj assuming that the 'barking dogs' reference was directed at Dalits received backlash with public and media criticising him.

Sharing an article alleging Prakash Raj of distorting his comments, Hegde said that Raj's comment was “glaring propaganda by the ugly distorted minds, who refuse to grow’’.

In December 2017, Hegde had sparked a controversy when he said that the word secular should be removed from the Constitution, resulting in an uproar in the Winter Session of Parliament, calling for his removal from the post of MP. Hedge eventually apologised for his comments.