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`BJP should apologise for disrespecting flag'

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, SEPT. 4. The Bharatiya Janata Party owes an apology to the nation for disrespecting the national flag, the Congress spokesman and MLC, V.S. Ugrappa, said here today.

Addressing presspersons, he demanded that the BJP end its "satyagraha" in the name of the flag and stop demanding the release of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti, who has been arrested on charges of "attempt to murder."

Mr. Ugrappa referred to photographs of some persons on a train from Bhopal to Hubli dealing cards on the national flag.

He said the BJP State unit President, H.N. Ananth Kumar, "is afraid to file a defamation case against the Congress" over the advertisement published in major dailies on Friday, in which the Congress sought to give the "true picture" of the Uma Bharti issue. "Why is he saying he will file a case in Madhya Pradesh?" Mr. Ugrappa asked.

On the demand in north Karnataka for setting up a High Court Bench in the region and the protests against the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, N.K. Jain's rejection of the demand, Mr. Ugrappa said the Congress was keen on setting up the Bench.

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