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Why only saffron? asks Congress MLA amid row over painting classrooms in Karnataka

Karnataka Chief Minister Bommai had laid the foundation stone for school buildings built under the 'Viveka scheme' in Kalaburagi.

IANS Reported By: IANS New Delhi Published on: November 14, 2022 14:58 IST
Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai says it's not right to do
Image Source : ANI Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai says it's not right to do politics on such issues. Saffron is also a colour in our national flag.

Karnataka: A row has erupted in Karnataka over a decision by the state's BJP government to paint 8,100 classrooms in saffron colour under the 'Viveka scheme' named after Swami Vivekananda.

Reacting to objection to the initiative by the opposition Congress party, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said: "The saffron colour is present in the national flag. The classrooms are being built in the name of Swami Vivekananda. He was a saint and he was draped in saffron colour. 'Viveka' means knowledge, let them (Congress) have it."

He further stated that carry out politics in about everything is lowly.

The Chief Minister Bommai had laid the foundation stone for school buildings built under the 'Viveka scheme' in Kalaburagi.

The row erupted after the state's ruling BJP was accused of implementing its Hindutva agenda through the initiative.

The government's decision to also make meditation compulsory for school children and students of Class 11 and 12.

The meditation mandate will be implemented in December and the state education department is taking suggestions from experts in this regard.

Karnataka Education Minister B.C. Nagesh maintained that meditating for 10 minutes daily will increase the focus, concentration, health, good thinking and character among students.

"Not opposing saffron but government's priorities. There's crumbling infrastructure, teachers' shortage, no budget allocated for complete infrastructure, dropouts increasing & what's Govt's priority? Painting of wall?," asked Congress MLA Priyank Kharge.

"Why only saffron? You claim to be the most nationalistic party in independent India so paint it in tricolour. What is your excuse? The architect suggested. Is the Govt & dept being run by architects and mason now?" he further questioned.

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