China flag: TN minister accepts 'small mistake'

Synopsis

Tamil Nadu’s DMK minister acknowledged an error in an advertisement displaying a Chinese flag at a new ISRO facility, following Prime Minister Modi’s rebuke. Modi criticized the DMK government for allegedly claiming undeserved credit. BJP accused DMK of pro-China sentiments. In response, DMK MP defended the party, citing India’s nuanced relationship with China.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday criticised the DMK government over the newspaper advertisement while he was addressing a gathering in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli.

Tamil Nadu minister Anitha Radhakrishnan of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party acknowledged an error in an advertisement concerning the inauguration of a rocket launch pad in Kulasekarapatnam. Radhakrishnan admitted that the depiction of a Chinese flag in the advertisement, which caught the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was a result of oversight by the advertisement designers.

“A small mistake has been made in the newspaper advertisement given by us regarding the setting up of a rocket launch pad in the Kulasekarapatnam area,” Radhakrishnan stated to ANI on Thursday. He further elaborated, “The image of the Chinese flag in the advertisement welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a mistake by those who designed the advertisement, which went unnoticed by us.”

PM Modi Criticizes Tamil Nadu Govt for Putting China flag on Indian rocket

During an address in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli, Prime Minister Modi criticized the DMK government for what he perceived as an attempt to claim undeserved credit for the ISRO facility. Modi accused the DMK of affixing China’s sticker to falsely associate themselves with the achievement. He expressed disappointment over the advertisement’s content, which he deemed as disrespectful to India’s scientists and the space sector.

“They are not ready to accept India’s progress in the space sector and with the taxes that you pay, they give advertisements and do not even include a picture of India’s space in it. They did not want to present India’s space success in front of the world, they insulted our scientists, our space sector, and your tax money. Now it’s high time that the DMK is punished for their deeds,” Modi emphasized.

BJP Accuses DMK of Pro-China Stance

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Tamil Nadu interpreted the advertisement as evidence of the DMK’s alignment with China. K Annamalai, the state BJP president, asserted that the advertisement reflected the DMK’s disregard for India’s sovereignty and its inclination towards China. Annamalai, in a statement, criticized the DMK for allegedly attempting to take undue credit since the announcement of ISRO’s second launch pad in Kulasekarapatinam.

DMK Responds to Modi’s Criticism

In response to Modi’s accusations, DMK Member of Parliament Kanimozhi defended the party’s stance, highlighting that India has not officially labeled China as an enemy nation. She reminded observers of Prime Minister Modi’s previous engagements with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, implying that diplomatic relations between India and China remain nuanced.

As the controversy continues to unfold, the conflicting narratives between political parties underscore the complexity of India’s diplomatic and domestic landscape.

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William Murphy

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