Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat will defy Kerala government’s directives and will hoist tricolor at Vyasa Vidya Peethom school, in Kerala’s Palakkad district, this Republic Day.
The state government directives issued, on 17 January, stated that only institution heads or office heads can hoist tricolor after the state Governor has unfurled the flag.
As per media reports, RSS has dismissed the directives saying that the state directives are not binding on the school as it does not come under state government.
The Vyasa Vidya Peethom school is a private school with affiliation with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
On 15 August, 2017, Bhagwat had hoisted the national flag at Karnakayamman High School in Palakkad, following which the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government pulled up the school authorities.
The then Palakkad district collector P Marykutty had issued a memo to the school saying that it was not appropriate for a political leader to hoist the tricolour at a school.
The RSS-BJP combine and LDF have been at loggerheads regarding series of violence against each other organisational members. The parties have termed the assaults on each other as ‘political killings’.