MLA invites Vokkaliga wrath, apologises to seer

Congress MLA Muniratna, who invited the wrath of Vokkaliga community leaders for his comments on Adichunchanagiri seer Nirmalananda Swamiji, tendered an apology on Monday.

Published: 01st November 2016 05:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st November 2016 05:28 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Congress MLA Muniratna, who invited the wrath of Vokkaliga community leaders for his comments on Adichunchanagiri seer Nirmalananda Swamiji, tendered an apology on Monday in the face of threats of a massive protest by Vokkaliga leaders.

Muniratna, during a recent programme to inaugurate the Kengal Hanumanthaiah Hospital built by the Vokkaligara Sangha, had requested the seer to take over the state administration.

“We have to see whether the seer will be able to deliver something good for the state. It is better to take charge of the administration than to just preach,” Muniratna had said in the presence of the seer.

The statement did not go down well with Vokkaliga community leaders, cutting across party lines. Many leaders from the Vokkaliga community, including Union minister D V Sadananda Gowda, condemned the statement and called it an insult to the seer.

The community leaders even threatened to stage a massive protest against Muniratna in his Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency on November 2. However, the protest was deferred after Muniratna apologised to the seer and the community leaders.

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