Shiv Sena enters State politics

Shiv Sena has launched its Karnataka unit, with the support from Shriram Sena, and has planned to field its candidates in the forthcoming Assembly elections under its 'bow & arrow' symbol.

On Friday, Shiv Sena and Shriram Sena leaders held a meeting here, and declared the launch of the party's State unit. Some leaders were given the responsibility to organise the party in different regions of the State.

"Decisions about office-bearers, number of seats to be contested in elections, and other issues would be taken later, after holding discussions. Shriram Sena chief Pramod Muthalik will join Shiv Sena at a convention to be held in Bengaluru in February first week," said State Shiv Sena spokesman Siddhalinga Swamiji Jevargi Andola Mutt, who is also the honorary president of Sriram Sena.

He told media persons that Shriram Sena workers would actively take part in the exercise of organising Shiva Sena in the State, but they have to resign from Shriram Sena membership and join Shiv Sena officially, if they have to be the candidates in elections.

Shiv Sena has already faced elections of rural local bodies in a few districts in the State, and Shriram Sena decided to support it after lengthy discussions, he said.

'No pseudo Hindutva'

Shiv Sena is a political party working on the basis of hardcore Hindutva principle, and therefore, Shriram Sena is supporting it. We would be into politics for Hondutva, but would not use Hindutva just for politics. Terrorism, corruption, farmers' welfare, and development would be our issues, the seer said.

All other political parties including Congress and BJP in the State are propagating pseudo-Hindutva. We do not need a party which speaks about Hindutva only during elections. Some leaders of Vishwa Hindu Parishat (VHP) and other Hindutva organisations are also ready to extend support for Shiv Sena, he noted.

On border issue

"Each party has different stand on the same issue in different States. Shiv Sena's Karnataka unit's stand is that Belagavi is an integral part of Karnataka, and all have to respect the Supreme Court judgement on Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute," Sri Siddhalinga Swamji said.

We support farmers' cause in Mahadayi water sharing dispute, and we extend support to all agitations in this regard, he added.

In reply to Chief Minister Sidaramaiah's reported statement likening Hindutva organisations with terrorist elements, he said, "he has no control over his tongue, and there is no need to give much importance to his words".

Shiv Sena Karnataka unit 'Sahasamparkpramukh' Arvind Nagnuri revealed that the party is also in touch with MLC Basavaraj Patil Yatnal.

Raju Bhavani, Kumar Hakari, Madhukar Mudradi, and others were present.

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