Match badlega ek over mein (The match will swing in one over)! So goes the punchline for the hard sell of the T20 cricket world cup underway.
Rollercoaster T20 matches paled before the developments in Karnataka BJP on Sunday. The Karnataka unit of the BJP first announced the return of controversial Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik into its fold and within five hours reversed the decision.
Acting on central leaders’ diktat after facing widespread criticism from all the quarters, the state BJP said in a crisp message that the decision to re-induct Muthalik into the party has been set aside.
The BJP’s decision to welcome “self-styled moral police” Muthalik had gone viral, with the topic trending and turning out to be the most tweeted about in the country. Muthalik’s Sri Rama Sene activists had “raided” a pub in the coastal city of Mangalore in broad daylight in 2009, chasing, pushing, shoving and beating up women in full media glare.
Earlier at noon in Hubli on Sunday, state BJP chief Prahald Joshi, former CM Jagadish Shettar and former deputy CM KS Eshwarappa welcomed Muthalik back into the party-fold. Muthalik said his objective is to ensure that Narendra Modi becomes the country’s next Prime Minister.
“I have joined BJP after persuasion from senior RSS leaders and some seers who support Hindutva. I have joined the BJP unconditionally. I want to avoid split in Hindu votes,” said Muthalik, who had announced that he would file his nomination as an independent candidate against state party chief Joshi in Dharwad constituency.
“Muthalik has joined the party without any condition, in deference to efforts of senior BJP leaders. We will work together in the constituency,” Joshi said.
Within minutes of Muthalik joining BJP, the party began drawing flak, from within and without. Central BJP leader Sushma Swaraj and Goa chief minister Manohar Parikkar openly expressed displeasure over the move. “They shouldn’t do it, his membership should be cancelled. I have asked the central leadership that he should not be allowed to join the party,” Parrikar said.