Authorities hoisted the tricolour atop a 108-ft flagpole at Keregodu in Mandya district on Sunday hours after the decreasing of a saffron flag with a picture of Lord Hanuman on it, sparked a protest within the city.
Native individuals together with BJP and Janata Dal (S) leaders staged a protest quickly after the authorities lowered the saffron flag, citing guidelines that permitted solely the nationwide flag to be flown on authorities land.
Amid the rising pressure within the city, with protesters gathering on the venue in massive numbers and shouting slogans in opposition to the Congress authorities and the police tightening safety by deploying further forces, the authorities managed to hoist the nationwide flag.
Within the melee the group broke the barricades erected within the space, forcing the police to resort to lathi-charge to keep up regulation and order.
In the meantime, a bunch of BJP and JD (S) leaders, together with Chief of the Opposition within the Legislative Meeting R. Ashok and former MLA Suresh Gowda, who joined the protesters at Keregodu, had been taken into custody by the police.
The native youths had obtained permission from the gram panchayat to hoist a flag in entrance of the Hanuman temple on January 22 to mark the inauguration of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Nevertheless, native Congress MLA Ravi Kumar Ganiga maintained that the gram panchayat had given the nod because the native youth organisation had sought permission to hoist the nationwide flag of their utility. The land belonged to the federal government and guidelines supplied for hoisting solely the nationwide flag on such land, he stated.
Additionally, Mr. Ganiga stated there have been plans to construct a bus stand on the identical land out of grants from the Chief Minister’s Particular funds and the KSRTC.
When the native organisation hoisted the saffron flag, Mr. Ganiga stated the authorities began receiving requests from the native Dalit Sangharsha Samiti, Kurubara Sangha, and the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha too for hoisting their flags on authorities land.
The federal government wouldn’t have objected to the saffron flag if it had been hoisted on non-public land or temple land. “The regulation of the land is identical for everyone. We will’t give permission to 1 part and deny the identical to the opposite,” he stated, citing requests for hoisting flags from different teams.
He blamed the BJP and JD (S) for fuelling unrest over the flag in order that the problem was stored alive until the Lok Sabha elections.
Mr. Ashok stated the BJP and JD (S) would launch an agitation in opposition to the Congress authorities with a padyatra from Keregodu on Monday. He stated the protesters would lay siege to the workplace of the Deputy Commissioner in Mandya.
He stated the BJP would take up the problem just like the agitation for “Datta Peetha”. “We won’t relaxation. Why do we want permission to hoist the saffron flag in entrance of Hanuman temple?,” he questioned earlier than including that the saffron flag needed to fly together with the nationwide flag.