Karnataka Govt Grants State Funeral to Gauri Lankesh but forgets Kargil Veteran. BJP MP Hits out
Retired Colonel Magod Basappa Ravindranath, who led the operations to recapture the strategic heights of Tololing Point 4590 during Operation Vijay in Kargil, died in Bengaluru on Sunday morning. He was 59.
As tributes poured in, a large section of people demanded that he be given a state funeral, with full honours.
He reportedly suffered a heart attack while he was jogging at a park near his residence in Jayanaga 7th Block.
Following his death, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar paid tribute to the veteran and urged the state government to accord him state funeral with honours.
Dear @siddaramaiah avare – #ColMBRavindranath proud son of #Karnataka n # Davangare deserves a state funeral with honours ! Pls do the right thing 🙏🏻 @BSYBJP @BJP4Karnataka @FlagsOfHonour https://t.co/BpS2uFNK3P
— Rajeev Chandrasekhar (@rajeev_mp) April 9, 2018
Rajeev established Flags of Honour, a foundation that supports families of martyrs and also sanctioned a war memorial in Bengaluru dedicated to military personnel who lost their lives during service.
Dear @siddaramaiah avare – u r a shameless hypocrite!
Whn a true #Kannadiga warrior who has served our nation falls, u dont even bother or care! U n @RahulGandhi 2 busy dividng ppl n politicking 2 care abt basic decency 😡 @BJP4Karnataka @FlagsOfHonourhttps://t.co/2gux9ifnch
— Rajeev Chandrasekhar (@rajeev_mp) April 10, 2018
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) April 10, 2018
A recipient of the Vir Chakra on August 15, 1999, Col Ravindranath was the commanding officer of the 2 Rajputana Rifles and played a vital role in pushing back the Pakistani soldiers who had occupied the Indian territory during the Kargil war.
Col Ravindranath reportedly suffered a heart attack while he was on his way for jogging at a park near his residence in Jayanagar 7th Block. His mortal remains have been taken to his hometown Davanagere.