‘Socialist’, ‘secular’ words missing from Preamble in AAP government ads on Constitution Day

Delhi(ANI): The AAP-ruled Delhi government’s advertisements in major newspapers on Thursday had the words ‘socialist’ and ‘secular’ missing from the Preamble, triggering a controversy on Constitution Day, according to a report in Hindustan Times.

The Preamble provided in the advertisements seems to be an older version. In 1976, the words ‘socialist’ and ‘secular’ were added to the document through the 42nd Amendment.

Following the controversy, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the goof up. “The chief minister has taken a stern view of the matter and has directed the Director of Information and Publicity to conduct an inquiry and submit a report within four days,” a government statement said.

Officials said the DIP director has been asked to ascertain how such important components of the Preamble went missing from the text.

Both the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and the states have gone all out to celebrate Constitution Day, the day in 1949 on which the Indian Constitution was adopted.

This episode comes as a major embarrassment for the AAP. The party had criticised the NDA government at the Centre when a similar mistake was spotted in official advertisements on Republic Day this year.