A hiccup during the unfurling of the national flag by Puducherry
Chief Minister V Vaithilingam caused embarrassment to officials at
the Independence Day celebration here today.
The flag could not be unfurled despite
repeated attempts by Vaithilingam as it was tied too strongly,
prompting a police officer to rush to his help.
The string was loosened after the flag was brought down.
The tricolour was then unfurled and
hoisted as everyone heaved a sigh of relief, but the national anthem
was almost over by the time it was done.
Among those present at the celebrations included Union Minister of
State V Narayanasamy, Puducherry Assembly Speaker R Radhakrishnan,
ministers, legislators, party leaders, officials and a large number