Bengaluru. Feb 16: Congress has failed to function as a responsible opposition party. It has violated the Flag Code by displaying the National Flag during its protest in the Assembly, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
Speaking to media persons at Vidhana Soudha Mr. Bommai said that there
is a National Flag Code defining how to use the National Flag. The National Flag should never be misused, the Code states. But the opposition party has misused it with political motives. People are watching it all. “We are prepared to reply to any issue including the minister Eshwarappa’s statement,” Bommai said.
The way Congress members conducted themselves in the house does not behove the party which prides itself of having a 100 year history. Congress is getting marginalised in the country due to such conduct of its members, Bommai said.
The Opposition members could have raised issues of public grievances during the discussion on motion of thanks for Governor’s address. Minister Eshwarappa has issued a clarification. Eshwarappa had stated that “maybe it would be possible to hoist the Saffron Flag on the Red Fort in the next 300-400 years,” Bommai said.
Eshwarappa had also stated that “we have all accepted the National Flag and everyone should respect it. Only selected parts of his statement are being quoted by the opposition to mislead the people and the house. The minister’s statement does not amount to any violation of law. The conduct of the opposition members reflects their political bandruptcy,” Bommai said.