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They describe KRV protests as unhealthy politics

‘Saffron flag symbolises Hinduism and not the Kannada or Marathi linguistic community’

The issue has been raked up deliberately to project BJP as ‘anti-Karnataka’: Angadi

Belgaum: The two Bharatiya Janata Party leaders from Belgaum, Suresh C. Angadi and Sanjay Patil, who are facing the ire of both the factions of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike for their alleged support to Maharashtra Ekikaran Samithi (MES)’s failed bid to hoist “bhagwa jhanda” (saffron flag) on the new office premises of the Belgaum City Corporation on Monday, defended their stand and described the KRV protests as unhealthy politics.

Demand

Talking to The Hindu here on Tuesday, Mr. Angadi was categorical in stating that he had done no wrong by supporting the demand to hoist the saffron flag at the BCC office.

“I will support it even if the KRV is ready to hoist a saffron flag, which has been and continues to be the symbol of our national pride since the times of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana,” he said.

“The saffron flag symbolises Hinduism and not the Kannada or Marathi linguistic community, as is being misunderstood by a few.”

Conspiracy

He said, but for the Congress conspiracy being enacted through the office of the Deputy Commissioner, the issue would not have cropped up at all.

The issue was deliberately raked up to project the BJP as “anti-Karnataka” during election time.

Mr. Patil said that there was no instance to prove that he had taken sides on linguistic considerations.

But, as an MLA, he was bound to respond to the problems of the people.

He said that he and Mr. Angadi had gone to the scene of MES demonstration in front of BCC’s new office only when they were called to listen to their demands to hoist the saffron flag. On listening to their demand, we only insisted that the flag could not be hoisted against the order of the court and that it was everybody’s responsibility to abide by the law of the land.

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