Muthalik says why should Modi react when a dog dies in Karnataka, in reference to Gauri Lankesh killing.
Controversial and loudmouth Ram Sena founder-president Pramod Muthalik has compared slain journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh to a dog.
Addressing a public meeting in Rajajinagar in Bengaluru yesterday, Muthalik flayed critics for asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his silence over Gauri Lankesh murder. An agitated Ram Sena chief then said: “Two murders happened in Karnataka and two in Maharashtra during the Congress rule. No one is saying anything about the Congress government’s failure. Instead, they are asking why is PM Modi keeping quiet and not commenting on Gauri Lankesh’s death. Why should Modi react if some dog dies in Karnataka?”
Muthalik later put out a weak and unconvincing clarification saying he did not directly compare Gauri to a “dog”, according to Deccan Chronicle.
Direct or indirect, the message was clear. The Ram Sena chief should learn to be decent in public statements.
Muthalik also ran into a controversy when his picture with Parshuram Vaghmare, who allegedly pulled the trigger on Gauri, went viral. Reacting to this, he said Vaghmare is not associated with his organisation. “I attend several functions where people approach me and ask for pictures. Everyone who gets their picture clicked with me is not a member of my organisation. I don’t know who Parshuram is,” he said.
Sri Ram Sene came under the radar when a picture of Waghmare with Muthalik surfaced. Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by two bike-borne assailants outside her residence in Bengaluru in September 5, 2017.