New Delhi: In a bid to avoid any controversy, the Bharatiya Janata Party has cancelled Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik's membership for the party. "Due to various reasons the induction of Pramod Muthalik has been set aside under Central party direction," said party's Karnataka unit.
Muthalik, who was involved in beating up women in Mangalore pub, was inducted into the party on Sunday noon.
According to sources, the decision to induct Muthalik was taken by the Karnataka unit of the BJP, without informing the central leadership.
The BJP faced a lot of flak from both inside and outside the party over the decision to bring in Muthalik. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had asked for his immediate removal from the BJP. "His membership should be cancelled, I have told central leadership that he should not be in the party," said Parrikar.
Taking a dig at the BJP, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister omar Abdullah tweeted, "Jaswant Singh will be shown the door & goons like Muthalik will receive the red carpet. Be afraid India, be very afraid."
Muthalik was inducted into the party on Sunday in the presence of Karnataka party President Prahlad Joshi and former chief minister Jadgish Shettar at Hubli.
Muthalik had hit national headlines in early 2009 after he and his party's activists attacked young women at a pub in Mangalore. Muthalik is a hardcore Narendra Modi fan and a Hindutva leader. He was a BJP ticket aspirant from Belgaum North in the Assembly elections held in May 2013.
Muthalik is facing over 50 cases ranging from violation of Section 144 to communal violence. He is out on bail in several cases.