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Protests held against `foreign rule'

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, MAY 17. Various individuals and organisations have expressed opposition to the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, becoming the Prime Minister.

One of the oldest citizens in the country, aged 112, the well-known scholar and freedom fighter Pandit Sudhakar Chaturvedi spoke against a "foreigner" leading the country at an interaction with members of the public organised by the Department of Kannada and Culture after the election results were announced.

Mr. Chaturvedi was one of the witnesses to the Jallianwallah Bagh massacre.

The senior swamiji of Admar Math, Vibhudesha Tirtha, has threatened to launch a second "Quit India" movement in protest against Ms. Gandhi becoming Prime Minister.

Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a demonstration in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi here and demanded that Ms. Gandhi should not be made Prime Minister as she was a "foreigner." Raising anti-Sonia Gandhi and anti-Congress slogans, the ABVP activists formed a human chain near Queen's Circle.

The actor-director and Kannada Nadu leader Dwarakish, who too led a demonstration, said he was pained to learn that the Congress party could not find a person other than a "foreigner" to rule the country.

Procession

Our Shimoga Special Correspondent reports:

The ABVP today protested the prospect of the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, becoming the next Prime Minister on the ground that she is of foreign origin. The demonstrators took out a procession from the ABVP office to Gopi Circle, where they held a public meeting.

The former President of the ABVP, P.V. Krishna Bhat, urged the youth to prepare themselves for a struggle to prevent Ms. Gandhi from becoming Prime Minister. He questioned her credentials and said she was not aware of Indian culture.

Prof. Bhat said that it was shameful that the Congress, which claimed to have won Independence for the country, had failed to name an Indian for the post of Prime Minister. "There can be no more serious disaster for the country than allowing a woman of foreign origin to become Prime Minister, which is an affront to the tall leaders in the Congress such as Mahatma Gandhi and Balgangadhar Tilak, and scores of patriots who laid down their lives for the nation," he said.

Memorandum

Our Bellary Staff Correspondent writes:

Activists of the ABVP staged a demonstration and took out a procession from the Durgamma Temple to the Deputy Commissioner's office in Bellary. In a memorandum addressed to the President, they said that an Indian should be made Prime Minister.

Our Tumkur Staff Correspondent reports:

Members of the "Sangh Parivar" staged a demonstration at the Town Hall Circle in Tumkur. About 200 members, including 20 women members, of the ABVP, Bajrang Dal, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, Bhagat Yuva Sena, Bharatiya Janata Party, and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh formed a human chain and blocked traffic on the two main roads at the circle. Later, some of them signed a memorandum and handed it over to the Deputy Commissioner.

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