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Kerala Govt Issues Republic Day Celebrations Circular, Throws Spanner in RSS Chief’s Plan

File photo of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. (PTI)

File photo of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. (PTI)

The circular says that in all public offices, schools and colleges in Kerala, the national flag should be hoisted by the head of departments.

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Tuesday issued a circular to all institutions in the state, detailing the procedure on how to celebrate Republic Day.

The circular says that in all public offices, schools and colleges in the state, the national flag should be hoisted by the head of departments.

This has become important as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat is scheduled to hoist the national flag at a management school in Palakkad district. However, with the circular in place, he does not have official sanction to do so.

Chief Minister's Office said that the guidelines were issued on the basis of existing central rules and regulations. The circular was issued by the general administration department who said that these guidelines have been in place for a while and they have issued similar circulars in the past as well.

On August 15 last year, Bhagwat raised the Tricolour at a government-aided school, 6 km from Palakkad. He plans to poke the state’s Left government once again on Republic Day at the Sangh-run Bharathiya Vidya Niketan in Kallekadu.

Bhagwat had kicked up a confrontation with the Pinarayi Vijayan government last year, defying a restraining order by the District Collector, who cited a rule that only people’s representatives or school functionaries can preside over Independence Day celebrations at government-aided schools.

This time there is no restraining order. But the RSS is playing it safe by getting its chief to make a point on its own turf, a Sangh-controlled school.