‘Bharatiya Janata Party must take us back, or else...’

Mar 25 2014, 11:55 IST
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SummaryBharatiya Janata Party showed the door to Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muttalik within five hours of inducting him into the party

Following public outrage, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) showed the door to Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muttalik within five hours of inducting him into the party. The day after, Muttalik told Harsha Raj Gatty what he planned to do next.

Why did the Bharatiya Janata Party accept and reject you within a day?

First, it was upon the insistence of local RSS workers that I decided to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. RSS cadres and Bharatiya Janata Party state leaders, including its state president Prahlad Joshi, expressed concern that the Hindu votebank would split if we were to take on each other in the Lok Sabha elections. After a series of discussions that lasted several days, we trusted the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership and decided to join the Bharatiya Janata Party and campaign for Narendra Modi. However, within a few hours of the public function where I was inducted, we learnt from the media that the BJP central leadership had directed its state unit to withdraw the alliance and our membership. We feel betrayed.

Were you told why the induction was cancelled?

No, we were not told. However, Prahlad Joshi, who was part of the programme during which I was welcomed into the Bharatiya Janata Party, called me up and apologised for the confusion. But they have not conveyed any reason on why the membership was cancelled.

Bharatiya Janata Party leaders claim it was because of your involvement in the Mangalore pub attack and your group’s intolerance towards other religions, which might affect its election prospects.

Didn’t the leaders know of our ideological differences before agreeing to the induction? Why this drama? They have re-inducted former CM Yedyurappa who has been named in land scams and corruption. They have re-inducted B Sriramulu who is involved in the mining scam. Do they mean that they will encourage corruption and scams in their administration? I have adhered to the Hindutva ideology all my life, and consider myself its soldier. I have no regrets about my activities in the past. Whatever I did was with conviction. I have not been involved in any type of corruption, terrorism or anti-national activities. What harm will come to the Bharatiya Janata Party if I join as a member?

What do you make of the entire episode?

I strongly feel this is a conspiracy. I am sure some Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are involved in trying to hurt my image. It

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