Former Karnataka minister KS Eshwarappa, known for making controversial remarks, Monday said that 'bhagwa' or saffron flag may become the national flag of the country in the future.
"The saffron flag has been respected in this country for a long time. It has a history spanning thousands of years. The saffron flag is a symbol of sacrifice. In RSS, we pray in front of the saffron flag to inculcate that value in us. The saffron flag may become the national flag in this country today or someday. There is no doubt in it," he said.
"We don’t have to hoist the tricolour whenever they [Congress] tell us. The tricolour is the national flag according to our constitution and we give it whatever respect it deserves," he added.
Eshwarappa, who was recently asked to step down by the BJP high command following the death of a contractor who alleged corruption, had courted controversy on February 9 this year. "We will hoist the saffron flag everywhere. Today or tomorrow, India will become a Hindu nation. Even at Red Fort," he had said.
The statement had sparked backlash with Congress leaders leading the protests in the Assembly and on the streets.