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‘Socialist, secular’ missing from constitution day advertisement, AAP govt orders probe

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said if the error is found to be deliberate, those responsible will be punished. “We will not tolerate any mischief with the Constitution or sentiments attached to it,” he said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 27, 2015 2:10:16 am
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal with DY CM Manish Sisodia at the Press conference in Delhi on Friday Express photo by Prem nath Pandey 09 oct 15 Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal with DY CM Manish Sisodia at a Press conference in Delhi. (Source: Express file photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

In a major embarrassment to the party, the AAP government had to issue an apology after the words ‘socialist’ and ‘secular’ were missing from its advertisements issued in leading dailies announcing the celebration of ‘Constitution Day’.

“The Delhi government apologises for the error of missing words in its advertisement published in English newspapers for Constitution Day celebrations on Wednesday (26 Nov). The words — socialist and secular — are erroneously missing from the text published in the advertisement…,” said the government Thursday morning.

Taking a stern view of the matter, officials said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed the Director of Information and Publicity (DIP) to conduct an inquiry and submit a report within four days.

Speaking at the Constitution Day event organised at the Constitution Club, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said if this error is found to be deliberate, those responsible will be punished.

“We will not tolerate any mischief with the Constitution or sentiments attached to it,” said Sisodia.

“The director, DIP, has been asked to ascertain how such important components of the Preamble of the Constitution went missing from the text. The inquiry will focus on whether some mischief was involved in this matter,” said a government official.

In the advertisements issued by the government, the two words were missing from the text of the first line of the Preamble that reads “We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic and to secure all its citizens…”

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