On Independence Day, Mohan Bhagwat restrained from hoisting Tricolour at Palakkad school, RSS chief defies order

Mohan Bhagwat was prohibited from hoisting the National flag at a school in Palakkad in Kerala on Independence day, however, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief went ahead with the programme defying the the district administration’s order.

According to a report in Manorama, Bhagwat was scheduled to hoist the flag at Karnakiyamman school in Palakkad, which is run by RSS supporters.  However, Palakkad’s district collector issued a statement adding that it was inappropriate for a political leader to hoist the national flag in an aided school. He added that only a teacher or elected representative of the people was allowed to do so, ANI reported. 

“The order is very clear on what can be done. We have abided by the rules. Let the government tell us whether we have violated any rule or law,” VK Mani, a school official said.

As per India Today, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has challenged the collector’s decision, affirming that there is nothing wrong in Bhagwat hoisting the flag.

Mohan Bhagwat. AFP file image

File image of Mohan Bhagwat. AFP

The News Minute quoted Advocate E Krishnadas, BJP’s Palakkad district president as saying, “The collector is acting like the branch secretary of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) that is why such a circular was sent at 11 pm last night. There is no such rule that only the headmaster can hoist the flag. So no circular can be issued based on a rule which doesn’t exist. We are going ahead with the plan, why should we follow a rule which doesn’t exist.”

Speaking about the incident, Palakkad Lok Sabha member and CPI(M) leader M.B. Rajesh has accused the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) of trying to incite trouble in Kerala.

“This is a brazen violation of the law of the land. This is a school funded and supported by the Kerala government. The rules and regulations have to be followed. Today this did not happen,” said Rajesh.

The decision is likely to spark debate in the state, which has already seen palpable tension between the BJP and the Left cadres.

Recently, E Rajesh, a RSS office-bearer was hacked to death in Thiruananthapuram. The BJP had alleged that CPM was behind the murder, however, the charge was vehemently denied by the ruling party. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley paid a condolence visit to the slain activist’s house. “This kind of violence will neither suppress our ideology in Kerala nor it will be able to scare our workers”, Jaitley said.

To up the ante, BJP will hold a “mega roadshow” in the state after Onam, which is likely to be attended by top leaders including president Amit Shah and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states early next month.

The RSS-BJP combine has claimed that 14 of its members had been killed by the Left cadres in past one year, while the CPM has alleged that 13 of workers lost their lives in violence perpetuated by the saffron organisations. Both sides have blamed each other for the “political killings”.

With inputs from IANS

Published Date: Aug 15, 2017 09:51 am | Updated Date: Aug 15, 2017 03:06 pm

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