Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa wondered why the Virat Hindu Samajotsavas were being criticised when scores of Muslims and Christians were participating in the event. Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, in an indirect reference to president of the Janata Dal (Secular) H.D. Deve Gowda's criticism of the Virat Hindu Samajotsava, he said critics should not view the event wearing "political" glasses. He made it clear that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was not organising the samajotsava.

Terming the event being organised to mark the birth centenary of M.S. Golvalkar as "unprecedented", he said nowhere was such an event organised to commemorate his or her contribution to society. "Critics of the samajotsava should take note of this," he said and added that it was for the people to assess why it was being opposed by some. He said several Muslims and Christians in Mangalore and other places had participated in the samajotsava appreciating the fact that they felt secure if the Hindu community was strong.

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