Ravivarma award; VHP, Bajrang Dal seek Minister’s resignation

via HK published on September 13, 2007

KOZHIKODE: Flaying the LDF government for selecting well-known painter M F Hussain for the prestigious Raja Ravivarma award, the VHP and Bajrang Dal today demanded resignation of Education Minister M A Baby for deciding “to honour a person who has done irreparable damage to the entire nation by painting Hindu Gods in the nude.”

Welcoming the High Court’s decision to stay the award, announced by the state Education and Cultural department, VHP and Bajrang Dal office-bearers told a press conference here that Baby should quit office and apologise for his action.

Following the Court’s directive, the VHP and Bajrang Dal had decided to withdraw the proposed statewide protest on September 17,when Hussain was originally scheduled to receive the award, they said.

Earlier, the VHP and Bajrang Dal had announced that they would not allow Hussain to land anywhere in the state.

“Despite several cases pending against him, the state Government has chosen Hussain for the award. But, we will not allow him to enter the state on any account,” they said, adding the Government should now select a deserving candidate for the award in place of Hussain “who has committed blasphemy through his obscene paintings of several Hindu Gods.”


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