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CM Siddaramaiah’s Minority Appeasement Politics: Subsidy on Vehicle Purchases

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The Congress-led Karnataka government under CM Siddaramaiah introduced a new scheme that offers Vehicle Purchase Subsidy for Religious Minorities only. The Minority appeasement politics in the state has taken on this scheme to provide financial assistance to members of religious minority communities for the purchase of four-wheeler vehicles. The move displays the clear contempt of Congress and its allies for Sanatana Dharma in general and Hindus in particular. Congratulations Karnataka for choosing a party that hates its majority, has run the state to bankruptcy, and is taking steps to actively suppress the Indic Renaissance.  

A Deeper Look into the New Freebie by CM Siddaramaiah

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Under the guise of minority empowerment, the Congress government in Karnataka has decided to offer a new freebie to minority communities of the state. The Karnataka Minorities Welfare and Wakf Minister, Zameer Ahmed Khan, announced the scheme that helps religious minorities buy 4-wheeler vehicles with honest taxpayers’ money. According to Khan, the subsidy allows eligible Muslim or Christian individuals to choose a four-wheeler vehicle of their preference. The maximum cost of the vehicle is limited to Rs 8 lakhs. The Congress-led Karnataka government will contribute a subsidy of Rs 3 lakh to the purchase.

In addition to the substantial subsidy, the CM Siddharamaiah government will facilitate the loan process for eligible minority applicants.

To kickstart their vehicle purchase, the beneficiaries are only required to make a prepayment of 10% of the car’s total value. The government will then provide the remaining amount as a bank loan, ensuring that members of only religious minorities have access to affordable financing options.

Who is eligible under this Freebie of Vehicle Purchase Subsidy?


This jaw-dropping freebie that explicitly favors religious minorities is being promoted by Congress under the label of helping the downtrodden. The scheme is an attractive opportunity for religious minority community members to exploit government aid. Following are few of the specific eligibility criteria that were put out by the government:

  1. Only for Religious Minorities: Applicants must belong to a religious minority community. Eg: Muslim, Christians, etc.
  2. Residency: Applicants should be permanent residents of Karnataka.
  3. Income Limit: To qualify for the subsidy, applicants’ annual income must not exceed Rs 4,50,000.

Does this qualify under the Religious Discrimination of Hindus?

CM Siddaramaiah-led government’s minority appeasement scheme has sparked political debate and criticism of his divisive politics. The scheme was launched by CM Siddaramaiah in his previous term. The BJP government had removed this scheme due to its clear anti-Hindu agenda. The scheme reeks of religious discrimination against Hindus. The hardworking, tax-paying Hindus of the state are always left out of the so-called developmental schemes of the Congress. 

The scheme is not about elevating the poor or the unfortunates of the state. It is a clear policy aimed at minority appeasement. Moreover, political leaders are asking the minority to use this scheme to earn extra cash. The religious minority is being told to buy the vehicle and then sell it off for a price lower than its cost price the very next day. Thereby, helping themselves to the profits of the sale while claiming a subsidy by the government. Indirectly, religious minorities are being encouraged to pocket the government’s aid using foul means. They are being asked by the government to dupe the government.  

The BJP, in particular, has criticized the Congress government’s move, labeling it as “appeasement politics” and a “religion-targeted scheme.” Opposition figures, including BJP spokesperson Ashok MM and leader Tejasvi Surya, have raised concerns about the economic implications and the impact on the tax-paying middle class.

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The BJP is fighting for Hindus in all states. It does not work with a minority-driven agenda. They prefer to uplift the entire nation without discrimination on religion. However, the Congress government prioritizes appeasement politics and religious oppression of Hindus over economic stability. The scheme’s obvious focus on religious minority communities ensures neglect of the broader population’s needs, particularly those of the middle class.

Additionally, the Congress government in the state has doubled electricity charges and imposed higher excise duties. The state that had a surplus budget has been driven into the negatives due to the election-driven freebies offered by Congress. The people who vote the Congress in power should observe the consequences of one bad choice.

The Congress is repeatedly asking for help from the Central BJP government. Any aid received shall be funneled into similar schemes that have clear religious discrimination at its heart. So the question is what are the financial implications of such economic policies? Thus, is this how the taxpayer will continue to be burdened in Karnataka? Moreover, have the Hindus of Karnataka understood the truth about Congress and its policies? 

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