Karnataka Minister and Congress leader Prinik Kharge on Thursday strongly said that Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s picture should not be inside the state assembly. There were speculations about the removal of the photo for several days. Talking to the media, he said that he is of the firm opinion that Savarkar’s picture should not be in the Assembly or Vidhan Sabha. He said that if BJP has a problem with it, it is their problem. My opinion is that those whose ideology incites hatred and creates division should not, should not have Savarkar’s picture. He clearly said that Savarkar was not a hero.
A life-size portrait of Savarkar was unveiled in the ‘Suvarna Vidhana Sudha’ inside the Karnataka Assembly Chamber along with several national symbols during the erstwhile Bharatiya Janata Party regime. The Congress then criticized the move and alleged that the party was kept in the dark. There are now speculations that the photo will be removed from the Assembly Chamber, while Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said it will be decided by the Speaker.
A portrait of Savarkar along with Swami Vivekananda, Subhash Chandra Bose, BR Ambedkar, Bisweshwar, Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was unveiled before the winter session of the state legislature last year. Even then, the IT minister criticized the BJP government of the state for posting the picture. But a post now he is sharing space with Basauna, Babasaheb, Netaji etc.” Also, the BJP said that Congress leaders, especially Priyank Kharge, hurt people’s sentiments for political gain. Instead of giving false statements, one should focus on one’s duties.