BJP asks Chandrashekar Patil to quit as parishat chief

Special Correspondent

`He has asked for withdrawal of cases against supporters of naxalites'

SHIMOGA: President of the district unit of Bharatiya Janata Party Girish Patel has taken exception to the request made by president of Kannada Sahitya Parishat Chandrashekar Patil to the Chief Minister on withdrawing cases filed against the "supporters" of naxalites, who allegedly attacked the activists of Akhila Bharatiya Vidtyarthi Parishat (ABVP) during the 73rd Akhila Bharatha Kannada Sahitya Sammelan held here recently.

Talking to presspersons here on Monday, he said that the ABVP activists were protesting at the sammelan on the first day against the participation of environmentalist Kalkuli Vithhal Hegde and journalist Gauri Lankesh in the seminars held as part of the sammelan.

The protest was in view of the allegation that they were "sympathizers" of the naxalites, he said.

He said that by requesting the Government to withdraw the cases against the "supporters" of the naxalites, Patil has become the supporter of naxalism by supporting "sympathiser" of naxalites.

He should resign immediately, as the sahitya parishat represents the sentiments of all Kannadigas, Patel said.

Patil would not bring dignity to the institution, he added.Patel said that there was no justification in Patil's claim that the sahitya parishat was an autonomous body when it expected financial help from the government.

He said that not extending a formal invitation to Governor T.N. Chaturvedi for the sammelan was a major lapse on the part of Patil.

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