The Karnataka legislature witnessed noisy scenes on Monday with the Opposition BJP denouncing Social Welfare Department residential schools displaying a quote at the entrance that reads “Jnana degulavidudhairvagi prashnisi” (This is a shrine of knowledge, ask questions boldly). They contended that it had replaced the slogan “Vidya degulavidu kai mugidu olage banni” (This is a shrine of education, enter with folded hands). BJP members said it was the Karnataka Social Welfare Department Principal Secretary P. Manivannan’s decision to change the slogan at the entrance of residential schools across the State and sought action against the senior official. The change in the slogan, they argued, is “an insult” to Jnanpith awardee the late Kuvempu, who they said had penned the previous one.  Leader of the Opposition Kota Srinivas Poojarydemanded an answer from the government. When the ruling party refused to oblige, the BJP members trooped into the well, resulting in slogan shouting from both sides and House proceeding was stalled.

Source-Sriram ma