- Photo tweeted by the BJP shows half of the national flag covered by the party flag
- Top Congressman Shashi Tharoor raised the issue on Twitter
- India will not tolerate national flag insult, Youth Congress tweeted
A photograph of the tribute ceremony for former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh is quickly becoming the eye of the storm on social media. Kalyan Singh – the BJP veteran under whose leadership the Babri Masjid was demolished – died yesterday at the age of 89.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Lucknow to pay tribute to him. Kalyan Singh was a valued personality and a capable leader who became a “symbol of faith” to the people, he said. But later in the day there was apparently a beer rearrangement.
His photo, tweeted by the BJP, shows Kalyan Singh’s body lying as it is, draped in the national flag. But half of it was covered by the BJP party flag.
Top Congressman and Party MP Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter to raise the issue. “As someone who has had to run a court case for four years just for putting my hand on my heart during the singing of the national anthem (rather than standing at attention stiffly), I think the nation should be made aware of how the ruling party feels about this insult, “he tweeted, while sharing a NDTV report.
“Is it okay to place the party flag over the Indian flag in New India?” Asked Srinivas BV, the head of the Youth Congress.
Is it correct to place the party flag
on the Indian flag in New India? pic.twitter.com/UTkfsTwUzz
– Srinivas BV (@srinivasiyc) August 22, 2021
“India will not tolerate the insult to the national flag,” the Youth Congress tweeted in Hindi from its official account.
“Party above the nation. Flag above the tricolor. BJP as usual: no regret, no repentance, no sorrow, no sorrow,” tweeted party spokesman Samajwadi, Ghanshyam Tiwari.
– Ghanshyam Tiwari (@ghanshyamtiwari) August 22, 2021
Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honor Act says: “Insults to Indian National Flag and Constitution of India”, says: “Anyone, in a public place or any other place to public view, burns, mutilates, disfigures, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples or disrespects or disregards (whether by words, spoken or written, or by deed) the Indian national flag or the Constitution of India India, or any part of it, will be punished with imprisonment of up to three years, or with a fine, or both. “
Earlier this year, a disrespect for the flag took place at the iconic Fort Rouge during the farmers’ rally. After the farmers entered the fort’s forecourt, scaled its ramparts and hoisted a religious flag on a pole outside, the Center said it “would not tolerate disrespect for the flag.”