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Goa Chief Minister’s Stern Warning As Locals Stop Navy From Unfurling National Flag

Residents of Goa’s Sao Jacinto island objected to unfurling of nationwide flag on Independence Day

Panaji:

The navy has stated that it has needed to cancel its plan to unfurl the nationwide flag on Sao Jacinto island in South Goa on the Independence Day after native residents objected to it, following which Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant requested naval authorities to go forward with the flag hoisting programme as scheduled and gave a stern warning to the islanders that any “anti-India activities” can be handled an “iron fist”.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant stated it was “unfortunate and shameful” that some individuals on the island had been objecting to the hoisting of the flag, and added that his authorities wouldn’t tolerate such “anti-India” acts.

As part of the nationwide ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ programme to commemorate 75 years of Independence, the Ministry of Defence has deliberate unfurling of the nationwide flag on islands throughout the nation between August 13 and 15, officers stated.

A spokesperson of the navy’s INS Hansa base in Goa stated on Friday {that a} workforce from Goa Naval Area visited islands of Goa together with Sao Jacinto island as a part of this pan-India initiative.

“However, the plan at Sao Jacinto island had to be cancelled as the same was objected to by the residents,” the navy spokesperson stated.

Goa’s Sao Jacinto island is situated close to Vasco city in South Goa district.

The naval officer stated that the nationwide ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ initiative has been undertaken to instill a way of patriotism and have a good time the run as much as India’s 75th yr of Independence.

Reacting to the navy’s announcement of cancelling the flag-hoisting programme, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant stated on Twitter late on Friday night, “It is unfortunate and shameful that some individuals at St. Jacinto Island have objected to Hoisting of the National Flag by the Indian Navy on the occasion of India’s Independence Day. I condemn this and want to state on record that my government will not tolerate any such acts.”

“I have requested the Indian Navy to go ahead with their original plan and have assured full cooperation from Goa Police. These attempts of anti-India activities shall be dealt with an iron fist. It will always be Nation First,” he added.
 

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