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[IAC#RG] ANOTHER BREACH BY MANOHAR PARRIKAR?
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"Aires Rodrigues" (via indiaresists Mailing List)
2018-08-06 23:44:45 UTC
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On Independence Day it is the Chief Minister of every State who hoists the
National Flag at the capital city. In his absence it would have to be only
by the next Senior most Cabinet Minister or a Minister designated by the
Chief Minister.

As Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will be away this Independence day
in New York for his cancer treatment, he has reportedly decided to
illegally and very high-handedly assign the hoisting of the Flag to Speaker
Pramod Sawant. It is incomprehensible as to how the Speaker of the
Legislative Assembly can assume the role and responsibility of the Chief
Minister.

Until 1973 it was the Governor of the State that hoisted the National Flag
on Independence Day at the State Capital. But in February 1974, the then
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M.Karunanidhi successfully took up the issue
with then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi that the Chief Minister should be
allowed to hoist National flag on Independence Day. Since then it has been
always the Chief Minister of the State who has been hoisting the Flag at
the State level function. With this established norm and protocol set to go
for a toss this time, it will be for the first time in the history of our
country that the Speaker replaces the Chief Minister in hoisting the flag
at the State function. All this can only happen in Goa!


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