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Shiv Sena says many Karnataka people can't sing national anthem

People in Goa are patriots: Goa unit Shiv Sena president Shivprasad Joshi

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

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unit president Shivprasad Joshi on Saturday said many people in neighbouring cannot sing the anthem, remarks that could trigger a political controversy.

"People in are patriots. I know many students who can sing complete 'Vande Mataram' unlike where many people do not even know how to sing the anthem and they also do not know our fathers," Joshi told reporters.

and have locked horns over the sharing of Mahadayi or Mandovi river water.

Praising chief Pramod Muthalik, whose entry is banned in Goa, he said Muthalik has done a commendable work in Karnataka and he is a protector of women.

"When workers went to the Mangalore pub (in 2009) to make our sisters understand that it is not fair to indulge in pub culture, parents of a girl who was alleged to have been assaulted by the Sene workers, thanked Muthalik. The parents said Muthalik was doing the right job of protecting women," the Sena leader said.

He said though the Sena did not demand a ban on "pub culture", but it is against the "late night affairs outside these places".

"You visit a pub in the night at 12 and you find girls and boys sitting outside and drinking. Is this fair? We don't mind what tourists do here, but when it comes to local boys and girls, it is our duty to educate them," Joshi said.

Responding to a question on the ban imposed on Muthalik's entry, he said the Sena would support if they want to do good work for Goa.

"Even any Muslim organisation wants to come to Goa and do some good work, we will back them," he said.

First Published: Sat, June 10 2017. 23:50 IST