BJP youth rally, Jagannath Rath Yatra leave Ludhiana in holy messhttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/bjp-youth-rally-jagannath-rath-yatra-leave-ludhiana-in-holy-mess-4435161/

BJP youth rally, Jagannath Rath Yatra leave Ludhiana in holy mess

Half-eaten disposable containers lay strewn at the spot as the workers made their way home after the rally. Even packets of fresh food were disposed on the ground by some workers.

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The BJP youth workers who attended the rally were seen littering the entire stretch leading upto the rally venue. (Source: File)

At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been motivating youth to promote the Swachh Bharat Mission and take initiative in keeping surroundings clean, a BJP youth wing rally at Jalandhar bypass in Ludhiana on Sunday has left the spot in a complete mess.

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The BJP youth workers who attended the rally were seen littering the entire stretch leading upto the rally venue. Neither were any dustbins placed in the vicinity, nor did the youths make any effort in finidng one. The party workers got busy in eating lunch as soon as BJP youth leader Anurag Thakur left after his speech. Half-eaten disposable containers lay strewn at the spot as the workers made their way home after the rally. Even packets of fresh food were disposed on the ground by some workers. Party flags, posters and banners used during the rally were also dumped at the same spot.

Speaking to The Indian Express, BJP district president Ravinder Arora said: “If this has been done by our own workers then I apologize for it. We will get it cleaned. This is against PM Modi’s mission.”

On the same day, an event organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) also saw devotees litter the entire stretch leading from the National Highway Ferozepur road, Ghumar Mandi to Fountain Chowk. Billed as the country’s second largest Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra, the event also held up city traffic for hours. Stalls set up by several business houses to welcome the yatra participants also left behind mounds of garbage. No arrangements for disposing the garbage were made — either by the municipality or stall owners. Officiating MC commissioner Ravi Bhagat and rath yatra organizer Satish Kumar claimed that city would be cleaned up by Monday morning. “We had arranged some bins and arranged sweepers but rest will be done by Monday morning,” they said.