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After drawing flak for Nehru omission from freedom fighters list, Karnataka CM Bommai mentions him in Independence Day speech

On Sunday, former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah called for an apology from Bommai for omitting the name of Nehru from a list of freedom fighters published in a state advertisement to mark Independence Day.

Pandit Nehru, CM Bommai, Karnataka Congress, Independence DayOn Sunday, former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah called for an apology from Bommai for omitting the name of Nehru from a list of freedom fighters published in a state advertisement to mark Independence Day.

After drawing flak from the Opposition Congress for omitting the name of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru from a list of freedom fighters in publicity material to mark the 75th anniversary of Independence Day, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday mentioned the former prime minister as a key contributor to the freedom struggle in his Independence Day speech.

“A large number of freedom fighters laid down their lives to liberate India from the British administration. The contributions and sacrifices of Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Bhagat Singh Maulana Abul Kalam
Azad, Jawaharlal Nehru and many others are historic,” Bommai said.

“In Karnataka, much before the freedom movement began, Kittur Veera Rani Channamma and Veera Sangolli Rayanna and many others fought against the British. Kannadigas should, in fact, be proud of their sacrifices and martyrdom. The country achieved freedom due to sacrifices of all such personalities,” he said.

“In fact, we are enjoying the fruits of their sacrifices and martyrdom. Hence, we should realise the significance of their sacrifices and understand our duties and responsibilities for the welfare of India which, in the true sense, is the respect we should be paying for their martyrdom,” the Karnataka chief minister said.

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On Sunday, former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah called for an apology from Bommai for omitting the name of Nehru from a list of freedom fighters published in a state advertisement to mark Independence Day.

“Not including Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in the list of freedom fighters in today’s govt ad shows how low a CM can go to save his chair,” the Congress leader said in a series of messages on social media Sunday afternoon.

“The CM of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai should apologize to the entire nation for insulting Pandit Nehru. The people of India and Karnataka will never accept anyone who humiliates their country’s first prime minister,” Siddaramaiah said.

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The Karnataka government released an advertisement through the state information department on Sunday highlighting the contributions of various freedom fighters to the cause of Indian Independence.

The advertisement featured Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, and Veer Savarkar among a list of 10 national freedom fighters, and 10 freedom fighters from Karnataka.

First published on: 15-08-2022 at 11:00:39 am
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