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Gogoi regrets cutting cake decorated like the national flag

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.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2010 17:14 IST

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 national flag.

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
flag."

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 the accusations.