In a letter to the Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale, Mumbai BJP unit secretary Vivekanand Gupta alleged that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee disrespected the national anthem in her visit to the city. He further demanded that a case or FIR be registered against the Trinamool chief. Banerjee was on a visit to Mumbai to meet leaders of the ruling Shiv Sena and the NCP on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"The act of Mamata Banerjee abruptly stopping the national anthem amounts to showing utter disrespect to it. She committed an offence under section 3 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act-1971," wrote Gupta. He further slammed that the CM violated the Union Home Ministry's order of 2015 which states that the audience must stand to attention whenever the national anthem is played or sung. However, he did not specify the event pertaining to the alleged incident.