Pushing forward its agenda of ‘nationalism’, the BJP has decided to screen patriotic films and documentaries for the public during its week-long celebrations of the Independence Day beginning August 9. Under the banner of ‘azadi ke 70 saal – zara yaad karo qurbani’, the BJP will also run another week-long campaign of ‘Tiranga yatra’ from August 16, following the directives as laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself.
The state unit has received instructions regarding the BJP’s campaign for the 70th year of the country’s independence, which would involve felicitating family members of freedom fighters and decorate their statues. At the booth level, BJP’s youth wing will take out a ‘torch procession’ while members of Mahila Morcha will visit Cantonment areas and tie rakhi to Army personnel. They will also send rakhis to soldiers of all three wings of Indian Armed Forces.
BJP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya said, “The campaign is aimed to develop a feeling in every person that nation is first and individual is secondary.” Likewise for party workers, Maurya said, the campaign will create feeling of ‘nation first, then the party and then the individual.” He also said that the campaign will start from August 9 across the state. “Feature films that will be screened during the campaign are being short listed,” Maurya said.
The campaign will be followed by ‘Tiranga yatras’ that will taken out across the country from August 16 to evoke “nationalism and patriotism”. The yatras will be held for a week. MPs and MLAs have been asked to take part in Tiranga Yatras on bikes carrying the Tricolour so that it evokes feelings of patriotism and nationalism among people, especially the youth. In the areas where party does not have an MP or MLA, BJP office bearers will lead these yatras, said a BJP leader.
BJP state general secretary and in-charge of both the campaigns in UP, Pankaj Singh said that party will hold various programmes under the campaign up to booth level between August 9 and 23. “Feature films on patriotism will be screened at district unit level from August 9 but other programmes under Tiranga Yatra will be held upto booth level from August 16 to 23. Five teams of workers have been formed at every mandal unit to hold these programmes under the campaign. Seventy works of NDA government meant for poor will also be highlighted among public in these programmes to mark 70 years of Independence,” Singh said.