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Belagavi: Coming down heavily on Gokak based Jarkiholi family, BJP leader Ashok Pujari whose permitted protest was forcibly halted by Gokak disqualified Congress MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi supporters at Gokak on Monday, asked the Central government whether Gokak is “Republic of Gokak”, will it come under the Democratic System of the nation as Goonda Rajya has been established where people their have to take the permission of that family for their every social activity.

Pujari, at a news conference here on Tuesday, said hundreds of people said to be the supporters of Ramesh Jarkiholi forcibly stopped their morcha demanding electricity connection to “Danada Oni” (Cattle Lane”) on Gokak Falls road. In spite, senior police officers Dy SP and CPI told that the protesters obtained permission, they told that they had not obtained their permission. Pujari said since such was the situation in Gokak, the central government, alike Gulf countries, let declare Gokak as “The Republic of Gokak” where kings are ruling the countries.

He said if permission should be obtained by Jarkiholi family for everything why should the government offices function. Close down Tahasildar and Taluk Administration offices, police stations and declare the Jarkiholi house as the Administration Office of the Gokak Taluk.

Pujari who migrated to BJP from JD(S) and contested unsuccessfully against Congress candidate Ramesh Jarkiholi in the last election said that because of Jarkiholi family people of Gokak are living in fear, there is no freedom of speech, those who raise voice against the family are being targeted, people even don’t dare to raise voice against the injustice. He thanked the police for giving them protection to their protest, else their lives would be under risk.