State flag, a political gimmick: BJP leader

State flag, a political gimmick: BJP leader

Former minister V Srinivas Prasad said that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has unnecessarily raised the issue of designing of a state flag.

He said that we already have a red and yellow Kannada flag which is binding all Kannadigas. “It is being hoisted by several organisations to celebrate Kannada Rajyothsava. The chief minister seems to be motivated by his selfish motives. He is yet to come out of the mindset he had during his stint as chairman of Kannada Kavalu Samithi (in 1983). At a time when the Centre is trying to further the integration and unity of the nation with its initiatives like the Goods and Services Tax, Siddaramaiah seems to be furthering disintegration. Even in Tamil Nadu, which we describe as a state of lingual fanatics, there is no talk about a state flag. This seems to be an election gimmick by Siddaramaiah. Even the Congress high command is against the state flag,” he said.

On a query on the suicide of T Narasipur Tahsildar Shankaraiah, Prasad said that as T Narsipur taluk comes under the constituencies of both the chief minister and district in-charge minister, an fair probe should be conducted into the incident.

‘Heir apparent’
Ridiculing the manner in which both Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his lieutenant PWD Minister H C Mahadevappa have announced distribution of Varuna and Chamundeshwari and T Narsipur and Nanjangud constituencies, respectively, among their family members, he recalled that Mahadevappa’s son is an accused in a bribery case, being tried by a court of law. “Siddaramaiah announced his successor within six months of the death of his heir apparent Rakesh, which is unfortunate,” he said.
Prasad said he will unmask the real Siddaramaiah in his book which is scheduled to be released shortly.

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