Karnataka BJP president BY Vijayendra blamed the Congress-led state government for a ‘deteriorating law and order situation’ after controversy erupted after Mandya district administration allegedly removed a saffron flag hoisted in Keragodu village on Sunday morning. Targetting the Congress government for the incident, Vijayendra said, “When the Gram Panchayat Board decided to hoist the Hanuman flag on a 108-foot-high flagpole in the village of Keragodu in Mandya district, the state government showed the audacity to bring down the flag through the police force.”
“It is the Congress government in the state that is deteriorating the law and order situation in the state,” he added. The controversy erupted on Sunday morning after the Mandya district administration brought down the saffron flag hoisted on a 108-foot flagpole in Keragodu village.
ಮಂಡ್ಯ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಕೆರಗೋಡು ಎಂಬ ಗ್ರಾಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್ ಆಡಳಿತ ಮಂಡಳಿ ನಿರ್ಣಯ ಮಾಡಿ 108 ಅಡಿ ಎತ್ತರದ ಧ್ವಜಸ್ತಂಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಹನುಮ ಧ್ವಜ ಹಾರಿಸಿದಾಗ, ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ಬಲದ ಮೂಲಕ ದಬ್ಬಾಳಿಕೆ ಮಾಡಿ ಧ್ವಜ ಇಳಿಸುವ ದುಸ್ಸಾಹಸ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶಿಸಿದೆ. ರಾಜ್ಯ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಸರ್ಕಾರವೇ ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾನೂನು ಸುವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು… pic.twitter.com/orbAoZo4pt— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) January 28, 2024
As per the district administration, the flag was hoisted in violation of rules in Keragodu village panchayat as permission is mandatory for hoisting any flag. Reportedly, Sri Gourishankar Seva Trust of the village, which had received permission from the Gram Panchayat to hoist the national flag and the Kannada flag, hoisted the saffron flag in violation of the conditions.
The situation escalated as protestors voiced their discontent against the removal. Sangh Parivar workers, secular Janata Dal and BJP workers opposed it. Tensions soared as police attempts at persuasion failed, prompting a forceful dispersal that left several injured and further fueled public outrage. (ANI)