Stalling release of my book unfortunate: Vishwanath

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Mysore, Jan 29 (UNI) Former Karnataka Minister and senior Congress leader H Vishwanath today termed as 'unfortunate' yesterday's stalling of the release of his autobiography 'Halli Hakkiya Haadu' by supporters of Maharashtra Governor S M Krishna and defended his references to Mr Krishna in the book.

Addressing mediapersons here, he said there was no derogatory references against the former Chief Minister, but only a passing reference. He was prepared for a debate on his book and references to Mr Krishna.

Copies of the book had been sent to Mr Krishna, his wife Prema Krishna and actress B Sarojadevi for their comments, he added.

Stating that the English translation of his book would be ready in another three months and the same would be released in New Delhi, Mr Vishwanath said he had great respect for Mr Krishna and had even worked in his Ministry and continue to accept him as a leader.

He appealed to the supporters of Mr Krishna and other Congress workers to remain calm, read the book first and not to make the issue a political one. His autobiography had nothing to do with the political situation in the State.

Earlier, noted writer Prof Govindaiah released the autobiography 'Halli Hakkiya Haadu' in front of mediapersons.

Yesterday, supporters of Mr Krishna had stalled the release of the autobiography by noted writer U R Ananthamurthy, alleging that the book contained references to Mr Krishna's alleged affair with an actress.

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