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‘Assault’ on culture: Karnataka denies permit for Sunny Leone’s New Year bash

Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said he had issued instructions to not allow such events.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2017 10:01 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Bengaluru
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The proposed event was to be held in Bengaluru on December 31.(HT File Photo)

The Karnataka government on Friday decided not to permit Bollywood actress Sunny Leone’s New Year eve show here and elsewhere in the state following protests from Kannada outfits.

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike and some other organisations have been opposing the proposed event on December 31 alleging that the invitation to Sunny Leone will be an “assault” on the Bengaluru’s culture.

For the past one week, the KRV members have been agitating in the city, taking out rallies and burning effigies of Sunny Leone.

“I have instructed (authorities) not to allow such events. Don’t bring her (Leone) here. People are opposed to the event. Let them (organisers) organise events related to Kannada culture and literature, which is our heritage,” Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy told PTI.

KRV office-bearer Harish welcomed the government decision.

“It is a victory for us. Government has cancelled the programme. Had it happened here, we would have brought activists from 20 districts to Bengaluru and held a mega protest here.”

First Published: Dec 16, 2017 09:09 IST