Bengaluru: Banner near Covid-19 crematorium with BJP leaders’ faces draws ire

A banner displayed on behalf of an area BJP chief close to a crematorium in Bengaluru the place Covid-19 victims had been taken for his or her closing rites drew criticism after {a photograph} of the identical went viral.

The hoarding claimed that free meals and refreshments had been organized for individuals attending funerals on the Giddenahalli crematorium “underneath the steerage of Yelahanka MLA S R Vishwanath.” The flex board additionally featured mugshots of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, and Income Minister R Ashoka other than Vishwanath and a few native leaders.

Just a few locals within the space garlanded the board with chappals and different footwear in protest of the motion.

Nonetheless, Vishwanath, who can be the Chairman of Bengaluru Improvement Authority and is a former political secretary to the CM was quick to react by eradicating the board from the place it was erected.

Later, he additionally launched a video assertion apologising for the incident explaining that he was not conscious of the banner being displayed. “I had requested officers to supply ingesting water and different amenities to individuals coming to the crematorium because it was positioned in a distant space. Somebody who I’m not conscious of has displayed the banner by mistake. Utilizing photographs of the PM, CM, myself and others are unpardonable,” he stated.

The MLA added that the banner was eliminated quickly based mostly on his directions to the native cadre. “At the moment we must always concentrate on serving individuals, and never search publicity,” he urged.

In the meantime, Bengaluru reported 115 extra Covid-19 deaths on Monday as a complete of 239 succumbed to the virus from throughout the state. Different districts which reported a excessive demise toll, as per the well being bulletin issued by the federal government had been Chamarajanagar (19), Mysuru (14), Ballari, Hassan (13 every), Tumakuru (8), Shivamogga (7), Bagalkote, Chikkaballapura, and Kalaburagi (5 every). With this, the cumulative demise toll within the state rose to 16,250 since March 10 final 12 months.

On the identical time, following two furnaces breaking down at Summanahalli crematorium in Bengaluru, officers determined to close it down until Might 10. “Whereas every furnace in electrical crematoriums can burn a most of 5 our bodies a day, they’ve been used relentlessly and not using a break within the final month. Open cremation utilizing firewood is the first method out now whereas we repair such points throughout crematoriums within the metropolis, a senior member within the group of officers overseeing the functioning of electrical crematoria within the metropolis stated.

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