Karkala: Sri Ram Sena chief Pramod Muthalik has said that he would be contesting the upcoming Assembly elections from Karkala constituency as an independent candidate.

Addressing a press meet in Karkala, Muthalik said that he had been urged by many of the Sena members to be their representative and put forth their woes.

“I have made several tours of the region and received a lot of support from the people. The level of corruption is high in Karkala and the people have suffered greatly. I will work diligently against the corrupt activities here,” he promised.

The Sri Ram Sena head said that he did not oppose the BJP or its ideology. Rather, he was fighting against the ideology of specific people in the BJP,” said Muthalik.

“I will never forget the insult meted out to me by the BJP. If they are indeed supporters of Hindutva, the BJP members should support me in Karkala,” he declared.

Sri Ram Sena leaders Gangadhar Kulkarni, Harish Adhikari, Sudhir Hebri, Sundar and Jayaram were present at the meet.

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New Delhi, Feb 6: Jammu and Kashmir has been turned into Afghanistan by the BJP which is using bulldozers to demolish the homes of poor and marginalised under the ongoing anti-encroachment drive, former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti alleged Monday.

Addressing a press conference here, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief appealed to Opposition leaders in the country not to be a mute spectator to the "atrocities being committed by the BJP".

She alleged the BJP is using its brute majority to weaponize everything and "bulldoze" the Constitution.

"Palestine is still better. At least people talk. Kashmir is becoming worse than Afghanistan the way bulldozers are being used to demolish homes of people. What is the purpose of demolishing small houses of people," she said.

Mehbooba said that according to the government even the centuries-old Shankaracharya Temple and cantonment built by the erstwhile Maharaja are also on encroached land.

The PDP leader said Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha may claim that the houses of poor will not be touched during the anti-encroachment drive but his message is not being heard on the ground as dwellings even with tin sheds are being demolished.

She said the initial call for 'Ek Samvidhan, Ek Vidhan, Ek Pradhan' has given way to 'one country, one language, one religion' where there is no Constitution.

Voice of anyone speaking about the Constitution is being crushed, she said.

"Was removal of Article 370 in accordance with the Constitutional provisions?," she asked.