BJP-JD(S) clash with Cong in Karnataka over Hanuman flag removal.

The removal of a saffron flag featuring the image of Lord Hanuman has sparked a heated political dispute in Karnataka. On Monday, the BJP and JD(S) organized protests against the ruling party, with several politicians accusing the Siddaramaiah-led government of mishandling the situation. However, the Congress maintains that the flag was taken down because permission was only given to hoist the national Tricolour and the Karnataka State flag.

Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy criticized the government for politicizing the issue and inciting the public by using police force to suppress unrest. He also took to Twitter on Monday evening to share photos from a two-party protest in Mandya over the removal of the ‘Hanuman dwaja’ in Keragodu village.

Kumaraswamy urged the Chief Minister, “You claim to have administrative experience, having presented 14 budgets in the state assembly. If you have even a bit of administrative knowledge, set right your government’s mistakes first.”

Protesters marched from Keragodu to the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Mandya, holding saffron flags and chanting “Jai Sri Ram” on Monday. Prominent politicians from both the BJP and JD(S), including CT Ravi, Preetham Gowda, Suresh Gowda, CS Puttaraju, and K Annadani, participated in the procession. The group raised slogans against the Congress government as they marched.

Meanwhile, BJP leaders and workers also staged protests at the district headquarters, condemning the alleged “anti-Hindu policy” of the Congress government and accusing it of disrespecting the national flag.

Earlier on Monday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah accused the BJP and JD(S) of trying to incite people in anticipation of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The controversy began in Keragodu when the authorities removed the ‘Hanuma dwaja’ from a 108-ft-tall flagpole on Sunday. Mandya District in-charge Minister N Cheluvarayaswamy stated that the flagpole’s location falls under the jurisdiction of the panchayat, and permission was obtained to hoist the national flag on Republic Day. However, it was later replaced with another flag on the same day.

(Inputs from agencies)

The removal of a saffron flag bearing Lord Hanuman’s image has caused a political controversy in Karnataka. The BJP and JD(S) staged protests against the ruling Congress party, accusing them of mishandling the situation. The Congress argues that the flag was removed because permission was only granted for the national Tricolour and the Karnataka State flag. Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy criticized the government for playing politics and instigating unrest. Protesters marched and held saffron flags, while BJP leaders condemned the government’s “anti-Hindu policy” and accused them of insulting the national flag. The Chief Minister accused the BJP and JD(S) of trying to instigate people in preparation for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The flagpole’s removal in Keragodu has caused a row, with authorities stating permission was only given for the national flag.

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