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Govt seeks explanation from organisers on national anthem row

Last Updated: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 16:29

Thiruvananthapuram: Embarrassed by the inept compering and mistakes in rendering the national anthem at a function attended by Vice-President Hamid Ansari in the city this week, the Kerala Government has sought explanation from the organisers of the event.

The Genderal Administration Department has sought an explanation from Sree Narayana Dharma Samithi, the organisers of the event, official sources said on Friday.

At the event held on Tuesday, the first Sree Narayana Guru Global Secular and Peace Award was presented to Union Minister Shashi Tharoor by Ansari at the University Senate Hall here.

The national anthem was rendered by a member of the Samithi with mistakes and also certain remarks about Ansari by the compere, G S Pradeep, a TV anchor, caused embarrassment to the audience and to the dignitaries present, which included Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Governor Nikil Kumar.

However, when asked about the incident, Chandy said he did not know if there was any protocol violation. "It is not possible for everybody to sing in the same way. How will it look if I start singing?" he added.


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First Published: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 16:29
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