After Mandya's Hanuman flag controversy, another controversy erupted in Karnataka's Uttara Kannada district when authorities removed a saffron flag, pole and plate bearing VD Savarkar's name.
After the removal, a protest was led by local BJP workers as they argued that Savarkar's name-bearing board was installed with the approval of the panchayat of Bhatkal's Tenginagundi, NDTV reported.
However, the officials claimed that no permission was granted by the gram panchayat. Meanwhile, a villager said that they had permission and questioned, "Is it a Pakistan flag that we put up? Who gave you the order to raze this?"
After the incident, the Zilla Panchayat chief, along with senior authorities, decided to check if all such structures built in the area have the necessary permissions from the local administration or local taluks.
After the issue of notices, 15 days will be given and if the mandatory documents are not produced within the given timeframe, the structures will be razed, Ishwar Kumar, the chief of Zilla Parishad said.
The Mandya flag controversy heated up after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah called those protesting against the removal of the Hanuman flag as the "descendants of Godse," trying to disturb peace.
Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
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