Union Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel alleged that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has disrespected the Indian National Flag and violated the Flag Code of India, during conduction of all his press briefings. Minister Patel wrote a letter addressing to CM Kejriwal, on the same. He wrote “Whenever chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a televised briefing, my attention is often drawn to the national flag behind his chair… it is in violation of the Constitution.”
He even believes, Kejriwal has distorted and enlarged the green stripes and reduced the white ones in the flags, used in his press conferences. He even accused him of using the flag as a item of decoration. He wrote in the letter, “The middle white portion appears to be reduced and seems like it has been added to green part, which is not in accordance with the rules given in 1.3 of Part 1 of the Indian Flag Code specified by the ministry of home affairs, Government of India. The manner in which the flag has been installed, it appears that instead of giving due respect to the national flag, it appears to be used for decoration.”
Patel reminded CM Arvind Kejriwal of section 2(ix) of The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, which states that the flag should not be used to decorate a speaker’s stage, in which he further added Section 2.2(1) states that the status of the flag should be respectful.
“Being a resident of India and holding the post of the proud chief minister of a state, everyone expects you to maintain the honour and the dignity of the Tricolour, a symbol of national pride,” stated in the letter.
A copy of the letter has been sent to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.