“Mahatma Gandhi advised that Conference was dissolved after the country gained its Independence. But Nehru didn’t listen to Gandhiji,” said BJP state and MLC general secretary N Ravikumar, claiming this led to Division. “As a result, his portrait was deliberately removed from the advertisement.” Ravikumar accused Parliament of glorifying “anti-Hindu” Tipu Sultan by pasting a poster at Bengaluru’s Hudson Circle last week that was vandalized.
Even as controversy raged, CM Basavaraj Bommai acknowledged Nehru’s contribution to the liberal movement in his Independence Day speech. “Many people have sacrificed and given their lives in the fight for freedom,” he said. “The contributions of great personalities like Mahatma gandhiSubhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Bhagat Singh, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, Jawaharlal Nehru and many others are inscribed in history”.
Bommai criticized Congress later for “making a nuance and crying” over a state government advertisement. “For 65 years, you have run the country in the name of Nehru,” CM said at Bengaluru’s Kanteerava Indoor Stadium. “We have not forgotten Nehru or his work. We have great respect for him. His photo is there in the ad (as part of a sketch). Bommai also accused Parliament of insulting BR Ambedkar.