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CPM asks Kerala govt to book RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat over hoisting national flag in school

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017,11:09 IST By joji A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | The CPI(M) 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, CPI(M) Palakkad district secretary C K Rajendran wanted the Left-led state government to take action against Bhagwat and the school management.
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 August 14 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.
CPI-M 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 August 14.
Meanwhile, RSS leader P Gopalankutty Master ridiculed the CPI-M’s demand. “Is it a crime to hoist national flag on Independence day,” he posed.
Another RSS leader Sadananatan said former KPCC president V M 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.