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Chris Martin's flag act triggers row

  • Published at 07:05 pm November 23rd, 2016
Chris Martin's flag act triggers row

A spokesman of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in India, has alleged that lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, “disrespected” the Indian flag during the band’s concert in Mumbai.

NCP leader Nawab Malik, has demanded an unconditional apology from Chris for insulting the national flag. He also asked Shiv Sena and BJP leaders present at the site to issue an apology.

There is a video grab from Coldplay’s concert in Mumbai, where the band’s lead singer is seen insulting the Indian flag,” he alleged. The video of the alleged incident has gone viral on social media.

In the video that was shared on Twitter, Martin could be seen hooking the Indian flag from his pocket, while performing at the centre stage. “Was he trying to use the flag as lungi to do lungi dance?” Malik said. Interestingly, the state government used the event as a platform to promote its policies and highlight its goals.

The band, lead by its front-man Chris Martin, ended the Global Citizen Festival India concert on a high note, by singing Vande Mataram with music maestro A R Rahman and also waved the national flag.

The band performed several memorable songs including “Paradise,” “Viva La Vida,” “Yellow,” and “Fix You” for over an hour at the MMRDA grounds.

Several Bollywood celebrities and some international artists also shared the stage.

The flag act incidentally is something Chris does in all the countries he visits, and it’s never an issue elsewhere.