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BJP does a U-turn, cancels Sri Rama Sene chief Muthalik's membership

Mar 23, 2014 10:28 PM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: In yet another embarrassment, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday inducted controversial Sri Rama Sene Chief Pramod Muthalik into the party, although hours later cancelled his membership for the party.

"In the benefit of the nation and to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of India, I have decided to join BJP," said Muthalik, who was involved in beating up the women in a Mangalore pub.

The controversial Sri Rama Sene chief had shot into limelight after the infamous attack on party goers at a Mangalore pub in 2009. He had said that the men and women had violated traditional Indian values. Muthalik was later arrested.

The media outburst and opposition from senior leaders have forced the party President Rajnath Singh to reverse their earlier decision. "His membership should be cancelled, I have told central leadership that he should not be in the party," said Parrikar.

Meanwhile, Muthalik supporters burnt effigies of Rajnath at some places. They were opposing his decision to cancel Muthalik's membership.

The BJP may have managed to stop one entrant this time, but it has had its share of controversial inductions. BSR Congress Chief B Sriramulu's induction into the BJP exposed the faultiness in the top leadership of the party, who had been given ticket from Bellary despite Sushma Swaraj's stiff opposition.

At a time when the ticket distribution has upset several veteran leaders with party hoppers being given tickets to contest, controversial decisions such as this could well have an impact on the party's chances in the elections 2014.

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