Bangalore, Sept 24: In a press conference in Bangalore, the esteemed writer U R Ananthamurthy withdrew his comments on Narendra Modi clarifying that he "would not leave India if Modi became the Prime Minister.
However, he stuck to his idea of Modi being today's Hitler and that the country wants peace of mind and not violence like Gujarat. He clearly stated that although he supports Congress, he is sceptical about it this time as the party is now infested with corruption.
"I will support Congress, but I have no courage to vote for it," he said. Remembering the history of India and Congress, he further added,"BJP and RSS neither have a history nor do they know anything about the history of India. On the contrary, Congress is like river Ganga, which has a rich history. However, I want to see some changes in it."
Comparing Narendra Modi with LK Advani, Ananthamurthy opined that the former forgot Advani's contribution in building the party and bringing it to this stage. Similarly, he too would be forgotten in his old age. Attacking the media, URA said that media channels and paid media are using Narendra Modi for marketing, but they actually do not support him.
Ending his conversation with the media, he said," I do not fear telling the truth. Like my writings, truth is what I stand by and will express them whenever required."
In a press conference in Bangalore, the esteemed writer withdrew his comments on Narendra Modi clarifying that he "would not leave India if Modi became the Prime Minister.
Explaining his stance
Ananthamurthy said that although he supported Congress, he would have to think twice before voting it.
Comparing Narendra Modi with Adolf Hitler, he said that the country wants peace of mind.
Condemning corruption in Congress, he said that Rahul Gandhi is not yet prepared for being the Prime Minister.
Answering the question of the journalists, he said that he does not hesitate in telling the truth.
The writer is a Jnanpith award winner and has won accolades for his reformative literature.
Some of his best works include 'Samskara', 'Bharathipura' and 'Bhava'.
He is known for his take on social taboos and rituals.