Ground Report | New Delhi: Saffron flag National Flag; Senior BJP leader and Karnataka Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister KS Eshwarappa on Wednesday claimed that the ‘saffron flag’ could become the national flag sometime in the future.
Karnataka minister KS Eshwarappa has said that someday in future, after 100, 200 or 500 years, the saffron flag may become the national flag. “Hinduism will win in the country. Then we will hoist the saffron flag at the Red Fort,” he said. He said, “People used to laugh at the construction of Ram temple, are we not building it now?”
“Hundreds of years ago Shri Ramchandra and Maruti had saffron flags on their chariots. Did our country have tricolour flag then? Now it (tricolour) is fixed as our national flag, what respect should it give, should be food in this country There is no question about it,” Eshwarappa said.
Responding to a question from journalists whether the saffron flag can be hoisted at the Red Fort, he said, “Not today, someday in the future.”
“Today, ‘Hindu thought’ and ‘Hindutva’ is being discussed in the country. Once people used to laugh when we used to say that the Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya, are we not building it now?
Similarly, at some point in the future, after 100 or 200 or 500 years, the saffron flag may become the national flag. I do not know.”
The controversy erupted over a demand by Karnataka State Congress president DK Shivakumar. He claimed that during the anti-hijab protest at a government college in Shivamoghar, extremist Hindutva activists unfurled the national flag and hoisted the gold flag on it. Ishwarappa made this remark while dismissing Shivkumar’s allegation.
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