No national anthem in West Bengal assembly, governor plays choir leader

March 9th, 2009 - 10:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, March 9 (IANS) Causing immense embarrassment to the West Bengal government, the national anthem did not play before the start of Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi’s customary annual address in the state assembly Monday.
The governor, however, showed fast reflexes as he began singing aloud “Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka Jaya He” and goaded the ministers and other legislators to join in.

Soon, the entire House obliged.

The faux pas recurred after the governor had finished his speech, and again Gandhi saved the government the blushes by taking the lead in singing the Rabindranath Tagore composition.

The speaker later said that a technical snag led to the unprecedented occurrence in the history of the House.

Following strong criticism from opposition legislators, the speaker has ordered a probe.

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