Northern Province Minister of Education S. Sarveshwaran who had recently attended an event at a Sinhala school in Vanuniya as the Chief Guest had reportedly refused to unveil the national flag at the ceremony.
The event had been held for the distribution of bicycles to a selected group of students of the Perakum Maha Vidyalaya in Irattaperiyakulama in Vavuniya.
The school had invited Sarveshwaran to attend the event as its Chief Guest, while the invitees had been warmly welcomed by the band of the school.
Thereafter, when it was time for the playing of the national anthem and the unfurling of the national flag, the organizers had invited the Minister to unveil the flag which request he had turned down.
Later the national flag had been unfurled by the principal of the school and the other invitees.