The photo showed Elangovan hoisting the flag at a municipal school in Pammal as he was talking on his mobile phone.

Did an AIADMK candidate lose his seat over a 2014 blunder now going viral on social media
news TN 2016 Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 14:44

After a shuffle of 13 candidates on the AIADMK candidate list on Wednesday, AIADMK spokesperson, CR Saraswathi has been allotted the Pallavaram constituency, replacing CV Elangovan, chairman of the Pammal Municipality.

Elangovan was allegedly knocked off the list after a 2014 picture of him hoisting the National flag while talking on his mobile phone went viral. 

The photo, taken at the Government Middle School in Pammal, showed Pammal Municipality chairman C V Elangovan hoisting the flag as he was talking on his mobile phone. 

Elangovan, who is also a former public prosecutor, denied the allegations and had earlier clarified to the New Indian Express that he had never hoisted the flag.

 He said a school teacher gave him the rope while he was talking over the phone and he handed back the rope to the teacher asking him to proceed with the flag hoisting.

AIADMK Spokesperson CR Saraswathi refused to comment.

However, the action comes after almost 2 years since the incident. 

The act led to much furore at the time with a few others demanding that politicians must never be called to hoist national flags in schools.

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