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Monday, 14 January 2013 13:16

Former mayor flays Poojary’s stand on saffron attire

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Mangalore, Jan 14: Senior Congress leader B Janardhana Poojary’s negative remarks on fellow Congressman Vijaynath Vittal Shetty’s donning saffron attire seems to have not gone down well with other Congress members. After Poojary walked away insulting several Congressmen publicly in the past without getting back any replies, this time, former Mayor K Ashraf has opted to raise voice against the remark done by veteran leader.ashaf

In the programme organized to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda held in the city recently, Mr. Poojary had criticized Mr. Shetty for donning saffron clothes stating that as a member of the Indian National Congress he should have kept aside his ‘Kavi’ (saffron) clothes and donned white khadi clothes.

In a written statement issued to the press, Mr. Ashraf has stated that saffron is a part of the national flag and it is because of such attitude displayed by Congress leaders such as Mr. Poojary that majority Hindu votes fall in the kitty of the BJP.

“No one feels that by donning saffron clothes one becomes anti-minorities. Wearing saffron is not something which a particular organization or party has taken on contract. The minorities did not oppose the Swami Vivekananda programme and extended their cooperation instead. What is wrong with a Congressman wearing saffron clothes?” Mr. Ashraf has questioned.

Congressmen need not feel ashamed of maintaining their Hindu identity, Mr. Ashraf has said. “There are Hindus in Congress. Why do we have to feel ashamed to show that we are representatives of Hindus? The Congress party has lost its Hindu votes because Hindus in the party have stopped observing Hindu rituals  and culture in public”, the former Mayor has stated.

Related: Poojary’s take on saffron puts leaders to shame!



Like [0]Dislike [0] #6 Kumar, Mangalore2013-01-18
Poojary has become this way mainly due to to the court jesters running around him saying Jai to whatever he was doing or saying. But former mayor K.Ashraf has said what his Hindu followers wanted to say but were afraid to open their mouth.His allergy to saffron is making others itch. Thank you Mr. Ashraf.!
Like [5]Dislike [0] #5 zameer, mlore2013-01-14
possibilities r not ruled out may be he belongs to RSS and he is playing his role of hedden agenda!with this type of statement obviosly will effect hindu votes towards congress and bjp can easily get benifit of it.
however i m not supporting congress since they have fail to do any support for muslims in past 60 yrs...
Like [4]Dislike [1] #4 zakir, Mangalore2013-01-14
Saffron color is a nice color and attractive, I have got a saffron color T shirt, it doesn't make me feel that I am a Bajrangy or so on....moreover you get saffron flower in the market for sale which is good for health but little bit expensive.
Like [4]Dislike [0] #3 Ahamed Nawaz packy, Mangalore2013-01-14
Ashraf well done.This is the spirit of leader.GOD Bless u
Like [3]Dislike [1] #2 BM.Sunaif, K.S.A2013-01-14
Well Said Ashraf, your words are absolutely right.
Like [4]Dislike [0] #1 pen pricks, m'lore2013-01-14
They say a journey of thousand miles begins with a single step. Finally at least one man had the guts to speak against Poojary's insanity. Way to go Mr Ashraf and I sincerely hope rest of Congmen too muster courage to speak out.
Poojary has taken Cong to dogs atleast now he should learn lesson and shut his mouth for the sake of the party or at least for the sake of his 'Amma' Sonia Gandhi.

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