The gathering at the venue of the flag hoisting ceremony at the Goa liberation day function, which included hundreds of school children, looked on in disbelief as the tricolour slid to the ground as Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral was hoisting it at Quepem sports complex.
The MLA first unfurled the flag, but let go of the rope, perhaps unaware that the tri-colour would slip to the ground.
The flag was immediately (within a few seconds) pulled back up by a police officer who was saluting the flag.
A police source said that the person who unfurls the flag should hand over the rope to the policeman who salutes the tricolour in front of him so as to tie it to the flag pole. '
The citizens who had gathered in large numbers for the flag hoisting ceremony were upset over the bungle. The MLA was unfurling the tricolour for the first time in Quepem town.
The deputy collector had changed the venue of the flag hoisting for the first time from the office of the deputy collector to Quepem sports complex to accommodate a bigger crowd. The space was also insufficient to conduct the police parade.
While delivering his speech, the Curchorem MLA again disappointed the crowd, as he spoke about the problems faced by mining-affected people due to the closure of mining activities, but didn't referr to Goa's liberation.
Government officials and prominent citizens, speaking to TOI, expressed their disappointment that the MLA did not offer any advice or words of inspiration to the school children.
Students from six schools of Quepem taluka participated in the parade.
A total of nine schedule caste and schedule tribe school children from Quepem taluka were felicitated during the occasion. Sandya Kamat, deputy collector of Quepem, Mahesh Gaonkar, DySP Quepem,Dayesh naik, chairperson QMC, councillors, joint mamlatdar and all government officials from Quepem were present during the flag hoisting ceremony. [TOI]