RSS Chief Bhagwat Hoists Tricolour Defying Orders In Kerala

The RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat chose to violate the restraining orders and hoisted the national flag in a school in Palakkad District on Independence Day.

Thiruvananthapuram: As the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday hoisted the national flag during Independence Day celebrations at a government aided school in Kerala violating a restraining order, the district collector jumped into initiating immediate action.

Though the Palakkad District Collector issued orders that only elected representatives or functionaries of the school are allowed to hoist the national flag in aided schools, Bhagwat chose to hoist the Tricolour at Karnaki Amman School.

The collector though issued the orders on Monday night, he did not try to stop Bhagwat from defying it. Hours after the function, she wrote to the police to take action against the school and was exploring with the state legal action whether any action could be taken against the RSS chief.

Meanwhile, the school management, which is pro-Sangh, defended their actions saying that no rule was violated as an earlier state government circular said that the flag should be hoisted by a public figure in the presence of principal and school authorities.

Kerala has recently witnessed violence between cadres of the CPM and the RSS-BJP, and this incident is playing out much beyond the technicalities of violating a government order.

After the killing of RSS worker Rajesh on July 29 in Kerala, the RSS and the BJP stepped up their campaign against the Left Front government.  While the CPI (M) government denied any links with the accused, it has been trying to put the blame of fomenting violence on the RSS-BJP.

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