Mangaluru: “Who is Subramanian Swamy? Isn’t he a member of the RSS? Doesn’t he belong to BJP? And when he files a case against other party, how can the BJP distance itself from it? Subramanian Swamy is sufficient to finish BJP. Mark my words he will destroy you,” said Janardhan Poojary at a press meet held at the Dakshina Kannada District Congress Office here, on December 10.
Referring to the National Herald case, Poojary said that the BJP was busy targeting Congress leaders. He said, “The Enforcement Directorate had raided the house of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on the day of his daughter’s wedding. Sachin Pilot was also targeted by BJP. Now, they are after the Gandhi family and have filed the National Herald case. Is this not political vendetta?”
He said that the ED was under the Prime Minister and its powers were being misused. “Merely issuing summons doesn’t mean that judgment is delivered. It is a long process and I trust the judiciary,” he said referring the summons issued against Congress leaders in the National Herald case. “If summons were the final judgment, then I should have been in jail,” he added.
Poojary said that issues like intolerance were plaguing the nation. But when the issue of intolerance was raised in the parliament, the central government had failed to take steps to curb the menace. The people of the nation need security. “When your wife wanted security, you couldn’t provide it. When she wanted a proof of marriage for her passport, you couldn’t provide her a marriage certificate. Mr Prime Minister, isn’t your wife a citizen of India? When she can’t get security, how can a common man dream of being secure?” Poojary said, questioning the Prime Minister.
Speaking about the Yettinahole project, he said that BJP leaders just speak against the project but nobody is ready to fight against it. If the same continues, the people of the coastal region will suffer, he said.
When asked about the upcoming MLC elections, he said that it was not possible for everyone to get a ticket to contest from the party. “Discipline” among the members is a must and they should not revolt if they don’t get a party ticket; instead, they should continue their work for the party and be “models” for others to follow. He said that if the rebels did not withdraw their nominations, they would be expelled from the party.