Noted historian M Chidananda Murthy, a self-confessed BJP supporter, has rejected the party’s demand to have the pictures of Jnanpith awardees U R Ananthamurthy and Girish Karnad removed from public places, including schools.
Murthy also expressed his displeasure over the blacking out of the portraits of the two writers in the BJP-led BBMP office. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a press conference here Friday, Murthy said: “I cannot accept such bad behaviour of having their pictures blacked out. I have been a vocal BJP supporter, but I don’t see the need to remove their pictures. They have the right to express their views.”
In a complaint to the Chief Electoral Officer, the BJP has asked the Election Commission to remove the portraits of Ananthamurthy and Karnad from public places and schools designated as polling stations after the writers came out in the open to support the Congress opposing Narendra Modi’s candidature for the prime minister’s post.
While batting for his entitlement to an opinion, Murthy said, “It is pertinent for Ananthamurthy, as Chancellor of Central University of Karnataka, to refrain from speaking about (political) matters.”
Rector Murder: CBI Probe Demanded
The Akhila Karnataka Catholic Christara Kannada Sangha will stage a protest, backed by writers, at 12 pm on April 18 in front of the Gandhi statue near Anand Rao Circle, demanding a CBI probe into the murder of Rector Fr K J Thomas.
While condemning the murder, Chidananda Murthy said, “Two Kannada priests have been apprehended in connection with the murder. The truth will come out only if there is a probe with nobody’s interference.”
Freedom fighter H S Doreswamy has supported this protest, said the Forum’s general secretary Raphael Raj.