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Hosting iftar on Krishna Mutt premises not right: Muthalik

Pramod Muthalik, founder of Sri Rama Sene, on Monday opposed Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Pejawar Mutt for organising the ‘Souharda Upahara Koota’ (harmony breakfast meet) allowing a gathering of Muslims to break their fast and hold prayers (namaz) at the Annabrahma Building in the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple complex on June 24.

However, Vishwesha Tirtha Swami defended his move. Both Mr. Muthalik and the Pejawar seer held a closed-door meeting at the Badagu Malige on the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple premises here on the issue. After the meeting, both of them stuck to their respective stands.

Speaking to presspersons here, Mr. Muthalik said that the seer’s move of allowing the gathering of Muslims to break their fast by offering fruits and to pray at Annabrahma Building in the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple premises was an “insult” to the Hindu community.

“Lord Krishna is known as the protector of cows. Inviting those who kill cows and eat beef is incorrect. The Pejawar seer guides the Hindu religion and Vishwa Hindu Parishad. We are fighting on the streets for protecting cows without bothering about our lives. But the seer’s move of inviting Muslims to the Mutt premises cannot be accepted,” he said. “There is anger over the seer’s move. In order to prevent any protests, I came here to hold talks with the seer on the issue. But the seer is sticking to his stand, which we cannot accept,” he said.

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