Bangalore, May 21 UNI | 2 months ago

Noted Kannada Writer and Jnanapeeth winner U R Ananthmurthy today said he would stay put in the country maintaining his anti-Modi and anti-BJP stance.

Mr Murthy, who has been given police protection following protests from the BJP activists and asking him to implement his threat of leaving India if Modi became the Prime Minister. They have been sending him one way tickets to Karachi.

Mr Ananthmurthy said it was correct that he had uttered his intentions to quit India in an 'emotional state'. I don't feel threatened (by Modi becoming PM). I am a writer. I have been writing against Modi and BJP in the past and will continue to do that. You have to face consequences if one has to swim against the tide', Mr Murthy said.

He said as a writer he had enough youth followers to carry out his conviction in writing even without police protection. Those who were critical of him may have respect for him. Hence there may be no need for him to leave India, he told a news channel.

Meanwhile a huge posse of policemen were posted near Mr Murthy's residence in Dollar's Colony after Mr Modi was invited by President Pranab Mukherjee to form the government yesterday.

(Posted on 22-05-2014)