Pramod Muthalik, the chief the Karnataka-based right wing outfit Sri Ram Sene, on Sunday, made a controversial comment when he compared slain journalist Gauri Lankesh to a dog. Muthalik made the comment while defending PM Narendra Modi.
Addressing people at a public meeting in Bengaluru, Muthalik said, “Everyone is saying that Hindu groups conspired to kill Gauri Lankesh, but two murders in Maharashtra and two in Karnataka took place during Congress’ rule.” Muthalik was referring to the killings of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, Left leader Govind Pansare, Kannada writer M M Kalburagi and Lankesh. Muthalik added, “No one questioned the Congress government’s failure. Instead these left-leaning intellectuals ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak on Gauri Lankesh’s death. Do you expect Modi to respond every time a dog dies in Karnataka?”
Muthalik’s comment, obviously, did not go down well with Congress and people at large. Muthalik clarified later that he was not directly comparing Gauri to a dog but merely saying that Prime Minister Modi could not react to each death that takes place in Karnataka.
Journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her house in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017.