Bathukamma statue in Warangal సెప్టెంబర్ 25, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Bathukamma, Culture, Identity, politics, Telangana.
Bathukamma idol unveiled amid tight bandobust
Express News Service 24 September 2009
WARANGAL: Mayor Errabelli Swarna today unveiled the Rs 2.50 lakh idol of Bathukamma near Padmakshi temple in Hanamkonda amidst tight bandobust in the wake of TRS MLA D Vinay Bhaskar’s threat to register his protest against the colours used on the statue.
Police placed the MLA under house arrest till the unveiling of the statue was completed.
The statue was originally scheduled to be unveiled on September 18, the first day of the Bathukamma celebrations, was put off following objections raised by the MLA on the colours used.
There are two statues- a woman carrying a bathukamma on her head and next to her is a small girl holding a small bathukamma. Vinay Bhaskar objected to the use of red, white and green colours on the big Bathukamma saying that they resembled the Congress flag. He said that though he welcomed the installation of the Bathukamma statue, which reflected the Telangana culture, he was against the colours used on the Bathukamma. Following the MLA’s objections, green colour used on the statue was changed to blue.
Meanwhile, the Mayor clarified that the statue was not installed with any political intentions. She said that it was unfortunate that some parties were trying to give a political colour to the installation of the statue and added that everyone should respect the Bathukamma statue which reflected the Telangana culture.
MP S Rajaiah, MLC Pulla Padmavati, Joint Collector Vakati Karuna and Padmakshi Temple chairman Thakur Bharat Singh were among those present