A photograph of the tribute ceremony to former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh is rapidly becoming the eye of the storm on social media. Kalyan Singh, the BJP veteran under whose watch the Babri Masjid was demolished, died on Saturday at the age of 89.
Its photo, tweeted by the BJP, shows Kalyan Singh’s body lying in state, draped by the national flag. But half of it was seen to be covered up by the party flag of the BJP.
Senior Congress leader and party MP Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter to raise the issue. “As one who had to fight a court case for four years merely for placing my hand on my heart during the singing of the National Anthem (rather than standing stiffly to attention), I think the nation should be told how the ruling party feels about this insult:,” he tweeted, while sharing an NDTV report.
“Is it ok to place party flag over Indian flag in New India?” questioned Srinivas BV, the chief of the Youth Congress.
“Party above the Nation.Flag above the Tricolor. BJP as usual : no regret, no repentance, no sorrow, no grief,” tweeted Samajwadi Party spokesperson Ghanshyam Tiwari.
Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act says, “Insults to Indian National Flag and Constitution of India”, says: “Whoever in any public place or in any other place within public view burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts) the Indian National Flag or the Constitution of India or any part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.”