Inspired by the Gujarat kite festival popularised by Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister’s supporters have organised a kite festival here and named it NaMo Patang Mahotsav, or NaMo Kite Festival. The event, to be held on January 14, will also feature kites bearing pictures of Modi.
The programme was inaugurated by Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday. Chief Minister Raghubar Das is also expected to take part in the event. The state BJP spokesperson, however, maintained that it was not a party event.
The festival has been organised by an outfit called “Namo Mantra”. Its coordinator Sanjay Seth said: “The kite festival is for the youth, so that they know about Indian festivals. We have been doing it for the past three years. Last year, too, the CM participated. The idea is that youth should be aware of their own festivals such as Makar Sankranti, and not just Rose Day, Father’s Day and other such occasions.”
He added: “We are aligning it with the celebration of the mahanayak (great leader) who is our PM. That is why we have kites with photographs of the PM as well as the CM.” The event will feature around 40,000 kites bearing the PM’s photographs and the word mahanayak, while around 10,000 would carry pictures of the CM, Seth added.