Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
has regretted cutting a cake decorated like the National
Tricolour at a function at the Raj Bhawan here during the
Republic Day celebrations.
Gogoi`s reaction came in the wake of reports published
in a section of the media and comments from certain quarters
that in cutting such a cake he had shown disrespect to the
An official release from the CM`s office quoting Gogoi
said, "The question of respect or dishonour to the national
flag does not arise. The very act was unintentional and not to
show any kind of disrespect or dishonour to the national
Local TV channels had aired a few days after Republic
Day visuals of Gogoi and governor J B Patnaik cutting a cake
decorated like the national flag in the presence of senior
bureaucrats, police and army officials.
Following it, Opposition parties in the state accused
Gogoi of showing disrespect to the Tricolour.
There was, however, no reaction from the Raj Bhavan to