Congress Calls Sarkar’s Poster in K’taka Assembly a Unilateral Decision

19 December, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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A number of Congressmen protested outside the Assembly, including Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah.

A protest was held outside the Assembly on Monday when Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai unveiled a painting of Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar inside the Karnataka Assembly Hall, led by Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah and state unit chief D K Shivakumar.

The portraits of Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Basavanna, a social reformer, Subhash Chandra Bose, and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel were also revealed by Bommai. The Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi hosted the start of the first day of the Karnataka Assembly’s Winter Session.

A number of Congressmen protested outside the Assembly, including Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah.

In a statement to the media, Shivakumar claimed that it was only a BJP ploy to deflect attention from the actual problems. “I received a call from the Speaker’s office saying that Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s picture was being unveiled in the assembly hall. However, I learned through the media that the Savarkar picture had been hung in the hall. Savarkar has no connection to either Indian politics or Karnataka. He is a contentious individual. We demand that the BJP put up pictures of Jawaharlal Nehru, social reformers Narayana Guru, Kanakadasa, and Basavanna, he stated.

The decision to hang Savarkar’s portrait was unilateral, according to former chief minister Siddaramaiah, and it was made without any knowledge. “If any portrait is being erected, it must be taken in confidence by the full House, or at the very least, it must be reviewed with the business advisory committee,” he continued. I have nothing against Savarkar’s picture being put there, but I would like to see pictures of other national leaders and social reformers too.

While the Congress protested the Savarkar portrait, BJP General Secretary N Ravi Kumar informed the media of a letter from the previous prime minister Indira Gandhi in which she praised Savarkar’s attempts to coexist with the British and called him a “wonderful son of India.”