Bengaluru: The Congress party, it appears, has taken the censorship issue too seriously. The Grand Old Party has taken a strong objection to a controversial cartoon showing its vice president Rahul Gandhi hiding behind Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to save himself from a giant PM Modi who is menacingly running after him.
The cartoon, sketched by noted cartoonist Satish Acharya, was displayed on a hoarding in Kundapura in Udupi district of Karnataka.
However, it was removed by the Municipality of Kundapura apparently at the behest of the ruling Congress party, which found it 'distasteful'.
Acharya, who lives in Kundapura, has a fixed hoarding named Cartoon Corner which he uses to regularly display some of his best works.
"I draw cartoons on all political parties. I use cartoon corner hoarding to display some of them. In the past nobody troubled me. After I had put this cartoon up, a local Congress leader called me up to suggest that I should remove it as it is offensive," News18 quoted Acarya as saying.
The hoarding was removed the very next day by the Kundapura municipality officials on the pretext of clearing the city of billboards, he added. Expressing his displeasure, the cartoonist further said that the Congress should be more worried about the future challenges before the party and not a harmless cartoon.
'This skeleton' says a lot about the misplaced priorities of Congress party in India. pic.twitter.com/YZkXa7SIeS
— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) June 9, 2016
When quizzed, Karnataka Congress president Dr G Parameshwara said he was not aware of any such developments. The Kundapura municipality too defended the action saying all hoardings and billboards were removed to beautify the town.