New Delhi/Mumbai: An uproar erupted Wednesday over a Republic Day government advertisement featuring the preamble of the Constitution sans the words “secular” and “socialist”. But Shiv Sena suggested the words be removed permanently.
While the opposition Congress party asked the government to apologies, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government defended itself, saying the picture of the original preamble in the advertisement was as it came into force Jan 26, 1950, two months after being adopted by the Constituent Assembly Nov 26, 1949.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, however, welcomed the exclusion of the two words from the 66th Republic Day advertisement issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
“We welcome this. Though it may have occurred inadvertently, it was like honouring the feelings of the people of India. If the terms were mistakenly deleted this time, we want them to be removed permanently from the Constitution,” Raut told media persons. Read the rest of this entry »