Asia Cup: India vs Pakistan: I have papa, keep the tricolour with you: Opposition leaders slam Jay Shah

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Shah
was
present
at
the
Dubai
International
Stadium
during
the
blockbuster
India-Pakistan
clash.
A
video
footage
shows
the
BCCI
secretary
turning
down
an
offer
to
wave
the
national
flag,
following
India’s
Asia
Cup
win
over
Pakistan.
The
video
has
sparked
controversy,
with
Opposition
leaders
taking
a
dig
at
Shah,
who
is
Union
Home
Minister
Amit
Shah’s
son.

Shiv
Sena’s
Priyanka
Chaturvedi
said
“staying
neutral
as
ACC
(Asian
Cricket
Council)
president
doesn’t
at
any
point
mean
being
disrespectful
to
any
nation’s
flag,
especially
your
own….”

In
a
tweet,
Chaturvedi
said
the
tricolour
in
hand
is
a
symbol
of
the
resolve
and
loyalty
of
Indians
to
the
nation
and
to
“dismiss
it
in
this
way
is
an
insult
to
the
country’s
133
crore
population”.

Several
Congress
leaders
lashed
out
Jay
Shah,
Amit
Shah’s
son.

Tagging
the
video
footage
of
the
Board
of
Control
for
Cricket
in
India
(BCCI)
appearing
to
turn
down
an
offer
to
wave
the
flag,
Congress
general
secretary
Jairam
Ramesh
tweeted
in
Hindi:
“I
have
papa,
keep
the
tricolour
with
you.”

Congress
leader
Ajoy
Kumar
also
tweeted
the
footage
and
wrote
in
Hindi:
“Looks
like
the
tricolour
was
of
‘Khadi’…
not
of
‘polyester’!”

The
Congress
has
been
strongly
criticising
an
amendment
of
the
flag
code
under
which
the
national
flag
can
now
be
made
of
polyester
and
with
the
help
of
machines.

Tagging
the
video,
Trinamool
Congress
(TMC)
general
secretary
Abhishek
Banerjee
tweeted:
“The
prodigal
prince
knows
not
of
national
pride.
Jay
Shah
not
wanting
to
hold
the
national
flag
is
symptomatic
of
the
larger
hypocrisy
of
the
ruling
dispensation.
They
indulge
in
theatrics,
lack
values.
Excel
in
jumlas,
lack
patriotism.”

Commenting
on
the
video,
TMC
leader
Derek
O’Brien
said:
“Dear
Amit
Shah,
please
tell
the
nation
whether
this
act
infuriates
you?
Whether
the
act
hurts
your
nationalistic
sentiments?
Or,
will
this
act
be
forgiven
only
because
he’s
your
son?”

“We
are
not
looking
for
excuses.
We
are
looking
for
concrete
answers.
Sincerely,
an
angry
Indian,”
he
said.

TMC
spokesperson
Saket
Gokhale
said
the
ruling
Bharatiya
Janata
Party
(BJP)
has
argued
that
Jay
Shah
did
not
hold
the
tricolour
on
Sunday
night
because
he
was
there
as
the
ACC
president
and
was
following
protocol.

“The
same
BJP
hounded
former
VP
Hamid
Ansari
when
he
(correctly
by
protocol)
didn’t
salute
the
flag
during
Republic
Day
parade
as
he
wasn’t
wearing
headgear,”
Gokhale
said.

Meanwhile,
coming
to
the
match,
India
pulled
off
a
thrilling
win,
riding
on
Hardik
Pandya’s
all-round
show.
After
electing
to
bowl
first,
the
bowlers
restricted
Pakistan
to
a
below-par
score,
with
Bhuvneshwar
Kumar
leading
the
attack
with
a
four-wicket
haul,
while
Hardik
returned
with
three.

In
reply,
India
got
off
to
a
nervy
start,
but
chased
it
down
in
the
final
over.
The
Pakistan
pacers
troubled
the
Indian
batsmen.
Virat
Kohli,
playing
in
his
100th
T20I,
played
got
off
to
a
nervy
start,
before
a
solid
35
off
34.
Hardik
Pandya,
who
has
been
in
stellar
form
played
an
unbeaten
knock
to
guide
India
home.
With
the
win,
India
avenged
their
last
year’s
T20
World
Cup
loss
against
their
arch-rivals.

(With
inputs
from
PTI)

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