Union minister Prahlad Patel accuses Kejriwal of using national flag as ‘decoration’

Union Tradition and Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel has hit out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, accusing him of using the national flag as a “ornament” throughout televised media addresses.

In a letter to Kejriwal, the Union minister alleged that the flag seen behind the chief minister throughout his press briefings seems to be in violation of the flag code.

“It seems that the national flag has been used for adornment. The white portion within the centre seems to have been lowered and the inexperienced portion added to it, which isn’t in tune with provisions of the Indian Flag Code specified by the Ministry of House Affairs,” Patel wrote within the letter.

“I don’t count on such an act, knowingly or unknowingly, from the honourable chief minister,” he added.

A duplicate of the letter has additionally been marked to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

Patel additionally sought to attract the chief minister’s consideration in the direction of part 2(ix) of The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, which states that the flag shouldn’t be used to brighten a speaker’s stage.

Part 2.2(1) states that the standing of the flag ought to be respectful, he added.

“Being a resident of India and holding the submit of the proud chief minister of a state, everybody expects you to keep up the honour and the dignity of the Tricolour, a logo of national delight,” Patel wrote within the letter.

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