BANGALORE: To facilitate the state government to install more statues, the legislative council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a legislation deleting VidhanaSoudha, VikasaSoudha, Raj Bhavan and Multi-Storyed buildings from the Cubbon Park limits.
The Karnataka Government Parks (Preservation) (Amendment) Bill, 2013 was passed deleting the seats of power from its ambit. Presently all these buildings come under Cubbon Park.
Emphasizing the need for the bill, leader of the house, S R Patil said statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri needs to be installed. As Vidhana Soudha and Vikasa Soudha are within Cubbon Park limits, law does not allow for installation of statues anymore here. So, the amendment will facilitate for Mahatma Gandhi statue in the vacant space between Vidhana and Vikasa Soudha,” he said.
Though bill was approved, opposition leader in the House D V Sadananda Gowda expressed concerns of misuse of the amendment. “Our concern is that in future statues of father, son, brother, mother who were in politics should not come up,” he said. When some ruling Congress members sought to know whom he was referring as father-son, Gowda without naming, said his statement was so simple that everyone can guess.
Supporting him, B J Puttaswamy (BJP) urged the government not to convert Vidhana Soudha and Vikasa Soudha complex to a graveyard by installing statues.