Sene set for image makeover, wants to swell its ranks

Sri Rama Sene would acquire a national footprint with a new agenda and structure of the outfit set for release in New Delhi on March 29, reports BR Srikanth.
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Updated on Feb 25, 2009 01:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByB.R. Srikanth, Bangalore

Sri Rama Sene would acquire a national footprint with a new agenda and structure of the outfit set for release in New Delhi on March 29.

The radical Hindu outfit, however, would steer clear of electoral politics.

“The representatives of units of nine states would meet in the national capital to work on the path forward as well as pick members for the apex body,” Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik told the Hindustan Times. “We are keen to strengthen the network of Durga Sene (women’s wing) so that these members work against exploitation of women. We have about 150 members here (in Karnataka), but we want to increase our presence in as many states as possible,” he said.

In an obvious attempt to strengthen its support base, the Sene would stage demonstrations against corruption across Karnataka on March 12 and administer an oath against graft to invitees at all Taluk headquarters. Other “surprise” details of this campaign would be made public on that day, Muthalik said.

The District administration, meanwhile, on Tuesday adjourned to February 27 the hearing of externment proceedings launched against five Sri Rama Sene activists for their alleged involvement in an attack on a pub.

The Assistant Commiss-ioner S. Krishnamurthy adjourned the hearing after the counsel for one of the accused sought more time to file replies to the notices served. SRS Co-Convenor Prasad Attavar’s advocate Dinkar Shetty told the authorities when the hearing began that two of the accused received notices only on Tuesday morning and three others were yet to get it.

The district administration has asked five Sene activists — Prasad Attavar, Subash Padil, Lohith Adyar, Jagadish and Ashok Shetty — to file their objections to the notice slapped on them seeking an explanation why they cannot be externed from the district for their acts of vitiating public order in the wake of their alleged involvement in the January 24 attack on Amnesia Pub.

The SRS State unit Convenor Arun Puthila addressing a press conference threatened that the outfit would launch statewide stir if the government did not withdraw the notices.

He took objection to the authorities plan to ban the entry of SRS founder Pramod Muthalik into the city.

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