Independence Day 2017: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday hoisted the national flag in Karnakkiyamman School in Kerala’s Palakkad to mark the 71st Independence Day of India, according to ANI. Earlier, it was reported that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief was restrained from hoisting the national flag. The District collector issued a memo to the school in this regard that categorically stated it was inappropriate for a political leader to hoist the national flag in an government-aided school. He added that only a teacher or elected representative of the people was allowed to do so. It has been learnt that a police case likely to be registered against Bhagwat for defying the order, according to Times Now report.
However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) challenged the Collector’s decision and stated that Bhagwat would indeed hoist the flag. The RSS’ two-day meet began in Palakkad today in which its chief Bhagwat is participating. BJP chief Amit Shah will take part in a ‘padyatra’ from Payyannur in Kannur district to Thiruvananthapuram from September 7 to highlight the political violence “unleashed” by the ruling CPI(M) in Kerala, the party said yesterday.
Meanwhile, in his Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi opined that the country, in unison, can bring a positive change. “Everybody is equal in our nation, no one big or small. We together can bring a positive change in the nation,” he said.
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Police case likely to be registered against RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat after he defied orders and unfurled the national flag in Kerala pic.twitter.com/uXCmvjbJrK
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Security has been beefed up across the capital in wake of the celebrations, especially at the Red Fort from where Prime Minister Modi addressed the nation.