New Delhi: A cartoon hoarding by renowned cartoonist Satish Acharya has been removed by the Municipality of Kundapura in Udupi district of Karnataka. The municipality had removed it last week calling it a banner removal drive.
Satish Acharya said that his cartoon on ‘Congress Mukth Bharath’ displayed on the terrace of his house was removed after few local Congress leaders expressed their displeasure over it.
“The cartoon was there for at least fifteen days but last week I received a call from a local Congress leader asking me to remove it. If I had violated any law, I would have removed it myself,” Satish said.
“It’s a violation of the basic fundamental rights. They did it under the pressure of Congress leader,” the cartoonist added.
The cartoon shows Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi taking cover behind Chief Minister Siddaramiah to escape from Narendra Modi, who is seen approaching them. All of this is grounded on the map of India showing only 3 states where Congress is in power.
Satish had posted the cartoon after elections results came out in Assam and Kerala. There is a cartoon corner on the terrace of his house where he puts up every cartoon he draws.
The cartoonist said that he has drawn cartoons on politics, sports, governanacee, elections and other social issues but none of those times did the municipality have a problem with this. But it was only after the Congress cartoon, the municipality ordered the flex clearance drive.
“I am quite surprised because Congress has not made a lot of noise regarding intolerance for the past couple of years and now it’s showing intolerance towards a cartoon. This is nothing but Congress’ intolerance,” Satish said.