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Union Ministers in the Narendra Modi cabinet have taken to social media to share pictures of their participation in the Tiranga Yatra, a Bharatiya Janata Party initiative. The yatra began on Independence Day, with central ministers assigned to various states and regions, and ended on Tuesday.
To ensure maximum participation, BJP president Amit Shah had issued directives to party MLAs and ministers to lead party workers in a bike rally across various towns and cities carrying the Indian flag. The week-long yatra received strong response from the party cadres, with hundreds accompanying the leaders on their bikes. Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani, Law & Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, BCCI President Anurag Thakur, Union Minister of Science & Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan, MoS Jayant Sinha and MoS Dharmendra Pradhan were among those who shared pictures of them leading the yatra in their respective regions. Irani, in particular, stood out amongst the group of ministers as she rode a saffron coloured two-wheeler wearing a helmet.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also shared pictures of his ministers carrying the ‘Tiranga’ during the yatra. Party president Shah, addressing a gathering at Mangalore University auditorium, on Sunday said: “It has become a fashion for some people nowadays to question nationalism. This is being done in different places and new theories are being planted. Nationalism is being questioned in the name of freedom of expression.”
Here are the tweets:
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) August 17, 2016
— Jayant Sinha (@jayantsinha) August 17, 2016
— Lt. Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 17, 2016
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 21, 2016
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) August 21, 2016
— Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) August 22, 2016
— Shahnawaz Hussain (@ShahnawazBJP) August 22, 2016
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) August 23, 2016
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 23, 2016