Karnataka BJP was unabashed enough to admit publicly that they omitted the image of India’s first Prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru from the advertisement for the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign deliberately and intentionally.
The Karnataka BJP General Secretary and MLC N Ravikumar said that Nehru did not pay heed to the advice of Mahatma Gandhi who wished Congress to be dissolved once India gains its independence. In continuation of apparent whataboutery, Ravi Kumar argued that this caused the partition of India.
The Karnataka BJP General Secretary emphasised that dropping out of Nehru was deliberate. He also lashed out at Congress over glorifying Tipu Sultan’s image along with other freedom fighters in Bengaluru’s Hudson circle. He said, “Tipu’s photo was vandalised and damaged. He couldn’t be considered as a freedom fighter, as he destroyed many temples and had converted millions of Hindus during his reign.”
Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavraj Bommai, in the midst of raging controversies, acknowledged Jawahar Lal Nehru’s contribution to the country’s independence movement. He said, “Countless people have made sacrifices and given their lives in the struggle for freedom, namely, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Jawaharlal Nehru and many others are etched in history.”
Hitting out at the opposition party for spilling over and creating a polemic over a state government’s advertisement, he mentioned that Congress ran the country for over 65 years in Nehru’s name. We haven’t forgotten his work or the contributions he had made being the PM and as a congressman.
As part of India’s 75th Independence day celebrations, PM Narendra Modi called for the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign. The controversy started when an advert put up by the Karnataka BJP grossly omitted the first prime minister of India and Asia’s leading statesman of the time, globally respected Jawahar Lal Nehru attributed to political pettiness.