Goa Bharatiya Janata Party Vice President Anil Hoble has said that FIR filed against Vishnu Wagh over his book “Sudhir Sukta” will be withdrawn. The book is a collection of poems by Wagh. The poems are highly critical of state’s elite Gaud Saraswat Brahmin caste. Hoble made the announcement from the party headquarters yesterday.
The FIR was filed by a women’s organisation against Wagh and the books publisher Hema Naik last week. The activist who filed the complaint has alleged that the book contains deprecatory language against females.
Wagh has been bedridden following a cardiac arrest for more than a year. He was a BJP MLA representing St. Andre constituency in the previous assembly. He also served as the deputy speaker during that term.
“The Chief Minister has assured us that the case will be closed after seeking expert opinion on the subject,” Hoble told the media.
“The language used by Wagh is the same used by a common man, it was wrong to file an FIR against him,” he added.
The book was released at the hands of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in 2013. Parrikar hails from the Gaud Saraswat Brahmin community. The book was shortlisted for an award by the Goa Konkani Academy. The awards were later cancelled by Parrikar citing procedural lapses and “conflict of interest” issues.
“There is a restlessness in the party over the issue, that a poet and a former BJP MLA who has suffered two heart attacks is now being treated like this and harassed,” Hoble was quoted by IANS.
Information credi: IANS
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