MiD DAY's Karnataka quiz had the pournakarmikas answering all questions with pride, while the elected BBMP leaders were left gaping at their own ignorance about the state. However, in spite of not knowing the intricate details, they would be seen hoisting the Karnataka flag at different venues in the city today
The state celebrates its 56th Rajyotsava today and MiD DAY conducted a reality check at the BBMP office on the eve of the foundation day to quiz the policy makers on behalf of the city, only to discover a comedy of errors.
While the BBMP leaders were unable to answer the basic questions about the state, which they learned in school, the pourakarmikas (sweepers) answered with ease.
According to Mayor R Sharadamma, who is driven around town in a car permanently flying the Karnataka flag, the colours of the flag are green with a red strap. Her subordinate, Deputy Mayor S Harish, when questioned about how old the state was, scratched his head, sipped his coffee and smiled sheepishly while admitting that he was ignorant about the facts.
Faring no better, the opposition leader in the council not only agreed to not knowing the number of alphabets in the Kannada language, but also forgot the number of Gyanpeeth awardees from the state, which is information every proud Kannadiga is equipped with.
Lost for words?
Quite interestingly, though Sharadamma has often been dubbed a 'dumb leader' by various sections of the state, she was the only person in the entire BBMP office able to sing the state anthem flawlessly.
Harish on the other hand was tongue-tied and kept repeating two words, Jaya Hai, while opposition leader Udayshankar on his part screamed Jaya Karnataka over 20 times at the top of his voice.
Udayshankar (left to right), leader of opposition in the BBMP Council, Mayor Shardamma and Deputy Mayor Harish failed to answer questions posed to them
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