New Delhi, Jan 27: A day controversy broke out that Vice President Hamid Ansari did not salute the Tricolour while the national anthem was being played during the Republic Day celebrations on Monday, Ansari today finally broke his silence over the issue.
According to news reports, Ansari said that according to the protocol he didn't have to salute the Tricolour. He added that 'only those in uniform salute the Tricolour while the national anthem is being played, whereas those in plain clothes must stand at attention.'
This comes a day after there was a hue and cry over Ansari not saluting the Tricolour during the Republic Day celebrations.
Many criticised him on social media and some even slammed him calling him a 'Turkish immigrant tourist.'
Some even questioned him on his religion.