RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat hoists national flag at Kerala school

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Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday unfurled the national flag at the Vyasa Vidya Peethom School at Palakkad in Kerala on the occasion of 69th Republic Day. "The school management will decide who has to hoist the flag", RSS's state coordinator K K Balram told PTI. The circular also listed the guidelines for the celebrations from the panchayat level to the state and also the schools in the state. There was a strict warning for the public schools in case they fail to follow the orders of the government.

"Last time, it was a government-aided school; this time, it's a private RSS school". The RSS has defended Bhagwat's decision and said the chief has done nothing wrong that was defying or disrespecting the government orders.

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Such a circular is issued before every national day but has been circulated well in advance this time after the Karnakayamman school previous year pleaded it had received it only on August 14 night, too late for a change of plans.

The CPI (M)-led LDF government had released a circular two days back, instructing that tricolour will be hoisted by only headmasters or principals of institutions. During last year's Independence Day, a political slugfest erupted over the hoisting of the tricolor by the RSS chief. Instead of the national anthem, "Vande Mataram" was played in the ceremony at the Karnaki Amman school which was also pointed out by the then district collector in her report based on which the action was taken.

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