Book BJP minister for sedition or will boycott Assembly session: Siddaramaiah

Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Siddaramaiah Wednesday evening said Congress party will boycott the ongoing Assembly session if a sedition case is not registered against minister KS Eshwarappa over his remarks on the saffron flag.

Last week, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Eshwarappa said that the saffron flag, a symbol of Hindutva, could replace the Indian Tricolour on the Red Fort in the future.

“BJP and RSS have never completely accepted our Constitution or National Flag. God, Religion, Patriotism, National flag, National song are all political weapons for BJP India. They have always spoken against our Constitution and National Flag,” former Karnataka CM said.

According to Siddaramaiah, Eshwarappa’s statement is not just his personal opinion but also a strong one of the BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagawat also have the same line of thought.

Siddaramaiah said that the BJP has slapped sedition charges against those who criticise the functioning of government, “but it is unfortunate and surprising to see that no action has been taken against Eshwarappa who has made anti-national comments.”

“One can never be patriotic if he does not accept the National Flag or opposes the Constitution. BJP does not accept our Constitution or National Flag. They are pseudo-Nationalists & fake Patriots,” Siddaramaiah added.