BJP workers hanging banners on Municipality building | photo: screengrab|mathrubhumi news
Palakkad: The hanging of a flex banner reading ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on the Palakkad municipality building after BJP’s victory in the polls has invited severe backlash against the party.
The display of religious symbols on constitutional institutions was heavily criticised by other political parties and on social media.
The controversial incident took place on Wednesday evening. A group of excited BJP workers climbed to the roof of the municipality building after ensuring victory in Palakkad municipality polls and hanging two large flex banners over the building.
‘Jai Shri Ram’ was written on one of the flexes along with a picture of Sivaji. The other banner carried the pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
This caused heavy criticism on social media once the visuals of the incident started circulating. VT Balram responded that such incidents were the ill fate of democracy. VK Sreekantan MP stated that such acts revealed the communal side of BJP.
BJP district president E Krishnadas reacted that the banners were not hung with the knowledge of the party leadership and that the party instructed to remove them once it was brought to their notice.
Meanwhile, the Palakkad town police said that the banners were removed as soon as they were hanged. The officials added that no case was booked as no complaint was filed regarding the incident.