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CPM asks Kerala govt to register case against RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat over tricolour row

Thiruvananthapuram: The CPM on Wednesday asked the Kerala government to register a case against RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat who hoisted the national flag at a government aided school in Palakkad in alleged violation of an official order.

In a statement, CPM Palakkad district secretary CK Rajendran wanted the Left-led state government to take action against Bhagwat and the school management.

File image of RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat. PTI

File image of RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat. PTI

He said unfurling the tricolour at a government aided school was against the district administration order.

As per the order, only elected representatives, school authorities or government officials could unfurl the tricolour at government-aided institutions, Rajendran said.

Palakkad District Collector P Marykutty had issued an order on 14 August stating that since the Karnagi Amman School was government-aided, only elected representatives or school authorities could hoist the flag.

Though the school at Muthanthara is run by a private trust, it is funded by the state government, Rajendran said.

CPM district committee also wanted the Pinarayi Vijayan government to take strict action against the school management for inviting the RSS chief.

Rajendran alleged that it was a "deliberate attempt" of the RSS-BJP to create tension in the state with the help of the Centre.

"It is a violation of law as the school concerned is funded by the government," he added.

Bhagwat was in the southern state to take part in a two-day meeting of the Sangh which began on 14 August.

Meanwhile, RSS leader P Gopalankutty Master ridiculed the CPM's demand. "Is it a crime to hoist national flag on Independence day," he posed.

Another RSS leader Sadananatan said former KPCC president VM Sudheeran had hoisted the national flag in a government aided school at Chirayinkeeyil district and a local Lions's club president hoisted it at a state-aided school at Nadakavu in Kozhikode.

Updated Date: Aug 16, 2017 20:24 PM

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