Mangaluru, Feb 09, 2015: KPCC President Dr G Parameshwar has warned Congressmen of action if any one of them takes part in the Hindu Samajotsava planned by the VHP in Mangaluru on March 1. He also hinted that Congressman and entrepreneur Vijaynath Vittal Shetty who is supposed to preside over the Samajotsava may be expelled from the party.
Speaking to reporters at the Circuit House on February 9, Monday, Parameshwar said “The Congress will not allow its member to take part in the Samajotsava as it is organised by an organisation which is affiliated to a political party.”
Commenting on the recent ouster of Kavu Hemanath Shetty from the post of Puttur block Congress president, Parameshwar said “I in my capacity as KPCC President has replaced him as he has served the Block Congress for eight years.” He also said the party would look into possibilities of offering any other post for Shetty.
At the same time, the KPCC Chief expressed his strong disapproval for the formation of a Hindu outfit named Bharatiya Hindu Parishad by Shetty and added such organisations are not acceptable in the Congress which believes in inclusive politics.
Parameshwar said his visit to the city aimed at reviewing the membership drive underway in the party. He said Karnataka is a state which has taken up this campaign on a pilot basis as per the decision of party vice president Rahul Gandhi. February 15 is the last date of the campaign and 60 per cent of the target has been achieved, Parameshwar informed.
Commenting on the Arkavathi denotification issue, Parameshwar strongly defended Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and alleged that circumstantial evidence reveals that the decision was taken by the erstwhile BJP government.
“Only Parameshwara(God) knows” –this was how the KPCC Chief reacted when asked about the chances of him becoming the deputy chief minister.
On failure of police to arrest senior RSS leader Kalladka Prabhaker Bhat who has been booked for delivering provocative speeches, Parameshwar said the law will take its own course.
He also stated that the new District Congress President will be elected after the membership campaign ends.
Ivan D’Souza, MLC, Ibrahim Kodijal, District Congress Interim President and others were present.