A photograph of the tribute funeral ceremony to former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh has triggered a controversy on social media. In this photo, people can see the BJP party flag over India’s national flag to pay tribute to him. And this incident happened in front of Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.
Kalyan Singh was the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He served twice as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He was also a Member of Parliament. Kalyan Singh was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh during the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992. On 21st August, he passed away at the age of 89.
Earlier this Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Lucknow to offer his appreciation and respect towards Kalyan Singh. Kalyan Singh was an important character and a skilled pioneer who turned into an “image of confidence” for the ordinary citizens, he had said. In any case, later in the day, there was obviously some modification of the coffin.
It was all going well until the photo of the funeral ceremony came out. Its photo, tweeted by the BJP. It shows Kalyan Singh’s body lying in, draped by the national flag. But half of it was seen to be covered up by the party flag of the BJP. And this BJP flag was above the tricolour.
Srinivas BV, the chief of the Youth Congress questioned here, “Is it ok to place party flag over Indian flag in New India?”.
Also, 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 this while sharing an NDTV report.
This wholesome incident is shameful for BJP who is running the country. Till now PM Narendra Modi didn’t comment on this. We hope these politicians will try to learn how to respect any people or country.