Despite Kerala govt's order, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat hoists flag in school

Elias Hubbard
January 26, 2018

Defying the state order, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohn Bhagwat unfurled the Tricolour at a Kerala school on Republic day for the second time in six months.

On Independence Day past year, the RSS chief had kicked up a row by hoisting the national flag at Karnakiamman higher secondary school, a government-aided institution, flouting an order by the Palakkad collector.

Bhagwat reached the Vyas Vidya Peethom, a CBSE-affiliated higher secondary school, at 9.30am with some functionaries and unfurled the flag.

Bhagwat hoisted the flag at Vyasa Vidyapeeth school at Palakkad on Republic Day. Observes believed the state government's circular was aimed at Bhagwat.

The Public Administration Department issued the circular containing the guidelines with regard to the Republic Day flag hoisting in educational institutions and government offices.

The then District Collector of Palakkad P Marykutty issued a memo to the school, saying that it was not appropriate for a political leader to hoist the national flag at a school.

Ahead of the Independence Day celebrations also, the General Education department had issued a circular that the national flag should be hoisted in schools on this day, only by people's representatives or headmasters.

Furthermore, the school Bhagwat visited was run by the RSS, a report on News18 said.

The RSS has a considerable presence in Kerala, where the BJP is seeking to make inroads.

As per the circular, only heads of educational institutions can hoist the tricolour accompanied by the singing of national anthem.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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