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Raj warns city schools over flag hoisting

india Updated: Aug 16, 2008 16:20 IST

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray on Saturday said to launch an agitation against schools in the city, if they do not follow the MNS diktat on flag hoisting and teaching Marathi.

"Schools should follow the rules of the state," Raj said on Saturday in the backdrop of MNS' attack on the Mercedese Benz International School, at Pune, on Friday.

Defending the act of the party activists, Raj said the school is being run in the country though it was international. "They (schools) should obey the Indian culture otherwise they can leave from here," he said.

The party had given them letter to hold flag hoisting ceremony on Independece Day, but they refused the request, Raj said, adding, they do not understand plain language.

Reminding his warning to the English medium schools to teach Marathi as compulsory subject from standard first, Raj warned the city schools that he would wait for a year and then take action.

Speaking on the helpline the party has started as part of anti-north Indian campaign, he said it is getting good response. He also appealed to the people to come up more openly against any such incidents.

MNS activists ransacked a school in Pune for not hoisting the Indian flag on Independence day, claiming that the school has never hoisted the flag for past five years.