After hoisting the national flag for the “first time” at the Idgah Maidan in Chamarajet here, the state government has decided to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi at the ground, whose ownership had run into controversy.
Speaking on the issue, Revenue Minister R Ashoka said that he will hold a meeting with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai whether to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi at Idgah Maidan.
“I thank the people for hoisting National flag for the “first time” at the Idgah Maidan in Chamarajet when I am serving as a minister,” he added.
The decades-old dispute over Idgah Maidan had once again come to the fore earlier this year, when some Hindu outfits sought BBMP’s permission to hold events at the place.
This resulted in two contrary sets of documents emerging, as the Karnataka State Board of Auqaf presented a 1965 gazette notifying the land as Wakf property, while the 1974 City Survey records and all other civic records thereafter showed the land to be a playground.
Further lashing out at Siddaramaiah, a former Chief Minister, the BJP leader has accused him of indulging in ‘Muslim appeasement’ and even demanded his expulsion from Congress.
He further added, “The place where Veer Savarkar’s flex was put up belongs to India and not Pakistan.”