Koppal: Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi on Monday said that the state government will recommend Lingayat seer Shivakumar Swamiji’s name for Bharat Ratna award.
Addressing presspersons here he sai, “In the coming days State government will recommend Shivakumar Swamiji’s name for the Bharat Ratna Award.”
He further added, “Savarkar’s has fought for the freedom of this country. He was even jailed by the British for the same. Instead of respecting him people are talking bad about him.”
Savadi’s comments came after former chief minister Siddaramaiah suggested that instead of Hindu Mahasabha leader Veer Savarkar, the Central government should bestow the Bharat Ratna on Lingayat seer Shivakumar Swamiji.
The 111-year old seer earned the fame of ‘Walking God’ was a philanthropist, educator and humanitarian. His personality and his works were revered worldwide.
“Whatever is the opinion of BJP (regarding Bharat Ratna to Savarkar), but I believe that instead of Savarkar, Bharat Ratna should be conferred on Shivakumar Swamiji,” Siddaramaiah told reporters in Mysuru amid row over his remarks a few days ago that Savarkar was among the accused people in the Mahatma Gandhi assassination case.
Savadi further speaking about disqualified MLAs he said, “They (rebel MLAs) have not yet joined BJP as their case is still going on in Supreme Court. If the SC gives its verdict in their favor we will think of fielding them from our party.”