Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and south Mumbai MP Milind Deora were caught in an embarrassing situation at a function to pay homage to the 26/11 martyrs held at the Gateway of India on Friday evening.
Chavan and Deora were seen walking away when the band started playing the national anthem at the function organised to mark the culmination of an solidarity march from Hotel Trident at Nariman Point to Colaba.
After offering his respects to the martyrs, when the CM was getting off the stage the national anthem started playing. Chavan soon realised his gaffe.
While the chief minister’s office did not make a statement, Deora said that whatever happened was “completely unintentional and not deliberate”.
“In the commotion of exiting the stage… we did not realise that our anthem was being played. Once we did, we immediately stopped and stood till the anthem was over.
Congress MLA Amin Patel, who was with Chavan, said: “The organisers did not make an announcement that the band was about to play the national anthem. When the CM realised he… stopped immediately a short distance away.”
BJP state unit president Sudhir Mungantiwar demanded that Chavan tender an apology for allegedly insulting the national anthem, while Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said a criminal case should be lodged against him.