Kerala Minister unfurls national flag upside down; BJP seeks his resignation
A Kerala minister hoisted the national flag upside down in this district, during the Republic Day celebrations on Wednesday, triggering a political controversy as the opposition BJP demanded his resignation for showing disrespect to the tricolour.
Interestingly, no one, including the minister, peoples' representatives, police officials and other dignitaries present on the occasion, notice the gaffe.
After the flag hoisting, the minister saluted it and proceeded with his speech, amidst which some media personnel who gathered there to cover the event pointed out the error.
Then the minister soon came back, lowered the flag and hoisted it again correctly. Meanwhile, BJP state chief K Surendran sought the immediate resignation of Devarkovil and a police case be registered against him and the officials concerned who showed disrespect to the national flag.
''It is a matter of serious concern that the minister also saluted the tricolour after it was hoisted upside down. It is ridiculous that despite such a grave mistake, neither the minister nor the officials realised the error,'' he said in a statement.
He also wanted the state DGP to order a probe into the incident.
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