BJP leader and national general secretary of the party’s OBC wing, Yashpal Suvarna, has written to the Udupi City Corporation of Karnataka seeking permission to install a statue of Veer Savarkar at Brahmagiri Circle.
On Wednesday, the BJP staged a protest against Congress for opposing a flex installed near the location.
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The BJP and the Karnataka Congress are locked in a bitter battle, each blaming the other for the violence on the posters of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and Tipu Sultan at the Ameer Ahmed Circle of Shivamogga on Independence Day.
The row started when a poster depicting ‘Hindu Rashtra’ with Veer Savarkar and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose being portrayed as revolutionaries, was displayed in Karnataka’s Tumakuru as part of Independence Day celebrations. The poster was torn down by a group of people on Tuesday, sparking violence.
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A Hindu was stabbed in the Gandhi Bazar neighborhood after two groups clashed over the installation of a Savarkar flex on Monday. A young Muslim man was then beaten in the Upparakeri area of Gandhi Bazaar on the same day.
While the BJP claimed the removal of Savarkar’s poster indicated the opposition’s anti-national mood, Congress alleged that the poster was only displayed to incite communal tension.
Karnataka Opposition Leader Siddaramaiah said, “Why did they put Savarakar’s picture in a Muslim area and remove Tipu Sultan’s portrait? The BJP is playing double standards. In response, BJP MP KS Eshwarappa said on Wednesday: “Congress supports anti-national outfits like PFI and SDPI.”
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