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Dinesh Gundu Rao Condemns MLA Harish Poonja’s Actions in Dakshina Kannada


In Dakshina Kannada district, Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao has strongly criticized the conduct of Belthangady MLA Harish Poonja. Allegations suggest that Poonja used abusive language, issued threats, and obstructed police personnel from performing their duties during a recent incident involving the arrest of a BJP Yuva Morcha leader.

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Incident Details

Belthangady police had filed a case against a BJP Yuva Morcha leader for engaging in illegal quarrying activities. A video depicting MLA Harish Poonja allegedly threatening police personnel over the arrest of the Yuva Morcha leader has circulated widely. Minister Rao, sharing the video on social media, condemned Poonja’s behavior, labeling it as hooliganism against the police.

Minister’s Response

Minister Rao expressed strong disapproval of Poonja’s actions, stating that such behavior is unacceptable. He criticized the MLA for obstructing law enforcement officials from carrying out their duties and accused the BJP of lacking respect for the constitution and societal norms. Rao emphasized that supporting such behavior reflects poorly on the BJP’s commitment to society.

Legal Actions


Belthangady police have booked MLA Poonja for allegedly pressuring station officers to release a BJP worker involved in illegal quarrying. Poonja is accused of using foul language, issuing threats, and impeding police duties. Charges under IPC Sections 353 and 504 have been filed against him.

BJP Response

In response to Shetty’s arrest and the FIR against MLA Poonja, the Dakshina Kannada BJP organized a protest, condemning the actions of the authorities.


The incident underscores the tensions between political parties in Dakshina Kannada. As legal proceedings unfold, the clash between the BJP and Congress over the conduct of their respective members reflects the broader political landscape in the region.

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