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Posted On : 16 Aug, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : Thiruvananthapuram 
CPI(M) asks Kerala govt to book RSS chief over tricolour row
The CPI(M) today asked the Kerala government to register a case against RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat who hoisted the national flag at a government aided school in Palakkad in alleged violation of an official order.

In a statement, CPI(M) Palakkad district secretary C K Rajendran wanted the Left-led state government to take action against Bhagwat and the school management.

He said unfurling the tricolour at a government aided school was against the district administration order.

As per the order, only elected representatives, school authorities or government officials could unfurl the tricolour at government-aided institutions, Rajendran said.

Palakkad District Collector P Marykutty had issued an order on August 14 stating that since the Karnagi Amman School was government-aided, only elected representatives or school authorities could hoist the flag.

Though the school at Muthanthara is run by a private trust, it is funded by the state government, Rajendran said.

CPI-M district committee also wanted the Pinarayi Vijayan government to take strict action against the school management for inviting the RSS chief.

Rajendran alleged that it was a "deliberate attempt" of the RSS-BJP to create tension in the state with the help of the Centre.

"It is a violation of law as the school concerned is funded by the government," he added.

Bhagwat was in the southern state to take part in a two-day meeting of the Sangh which began on August 14.

Meanwhile, RSS leader P Gopalankutty Master ridiculed the CPI-M's demand. "Is it a crime to hoist national flag on Independence day," he posed.

Another RSS leader Sadananatan said former KPCC president V M Sudheeran had hoisted the national flag in a government aided school at Chirayinkeeyil district and a local Lions's club president hoisted it at a state-aided school at Nadakavu in Kozhikode.