Defiant Poojary dares KPCC chief to sack him

Defiant Poojary dares KPCC chief to sack him

Senior Congress leader B Janardhana Poojary on Monday dared KPCC president G Parameshwara to remove him from the party.

Reacting to media queries over Chief Minister Siddaramaiah complaining to AICC Karnataka incharge Digivijay Singh against him (Poojary) and former Mysuru-Kodagu MP A H Vishwanath, for issuing statements against him (CM), Poojary said, “Poojary will answer (to the notice). High command is not stupid and will understand after going through my answer, whether I have committed anything wrong or not. Let them serve notice, I am also eager to answer and will give a fitting reply.”

He said, “I will not keep mum, come what may. I am ready to face any action.”

When sought to know whether Parameshwara spoke to him after the recent developments, Poojary said, “There is no question of speaking to him. If he does not understand the feelings of six crore people of Karnataka, he is also unfit to be in the chair. Let him sack me.”

Reiterating that he always raised his voice in the interests of the party, Poojary claimed that it was only a handful of leaders like himself, Rajya Sabha member Oscar Fernandes, A H Vishwanath, Bidar MP N Dharam Síngh, Chikkaballapur MP M Veerappa Moily and the workers who built the party in the state.

When questioned about the contribution of Mallikarjuna Kharge, leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, in building the party, Poojary said, “Kharge had gone with Urs (former chief minister D Devaraj Urs),” referring to the fact that Kharge had followed Urs, who quit the party to form his own Congress party (Urs) in 1980, following differences of opinion with former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

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