BCCI secretary Jay Shah slammed by TMC over disrespecting Indian national flag

Debjit Mukherjee: Video footage of BCCI secretary Jay Shah appearing to turn down an offer to wave the national flag after India beat Pakistan in a thrilling cricket match at the Asia Cup in Dubai on Sunday has sparked a controversy, with Opposition leaders taking a dig at him.

Several Congress leaders shared the video footage on social media and slammed Shah, who is Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son.

Tagging the video, 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 because he was there as the ACC president and was following protocol.