RSS leader's presence upsets Karnataka CM at Gandhi sculpture unveiling
news Monday, October 13, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | October 2, 2014 | 5.37 pm IST Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and others in the Congress appeared to be upset by the presence of and speech made by Chakravarti Sulibele at the unveiling of the Gandhi sculpture in the Vidhan Soudha premises on Thursday. Although the programme went off without a hitch on Gandhi Jayanti, the day chosen for the unveiling of the statue which is located between the Vidhan Soudha and Vikas Soudha, there was much disquiet at the Congress office, Kannada news channel Public Tv reported. Siddaramaiah reportedly said that he unaware that Sulibele was an â€śRSS manâ€ť until he started speaking. Had he known, Sulibele would not have been allowed to speak, he reportedly said. Former union minister and MP Mallikarjun Kharge did not attend for the sole reason that Sulibele was to make a speech, according to the report. Former union minister and MP Veerappa Moily too made similar remarks. The Legislative Council Chairperson D H Shankaramurthy was in charge of the programme.