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BJP claims last Mughal’s flag

Did the last Mughal's design a flag with a lotus for the First War of Independence? The BJP has discovered one, reports Shekhar Iyer.

delhi Updated: Apr 08, 2008 03:19 IST
Shekhar Iyer

Did the last Mughal ruler design a flag with a lotus for the First War of Independence? The BJP has discovered one, which will be displayed on Tuesday when LK Advani and BJP chief Rajnath Singh flag off an event on Tuesday.

According to party leaders, Bahadur Shah Zafar designed a green flag with a lotus on the top and a “roti”, which was used during the uprising.

“We have designed a similar flag for our function at the Red Fort,” said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar announcing the party’s programme to match the government’s plans to commemorate the 150th anniversary of 1857 uprising.

Advani and Rajnath Singh will address the Red Fort function billed as “Naman 1857” as the day marks the anniversary of the hanging of Mangal Pandey, by the British.

Pots containing soil collected from places associated with the uprising will be distributed to party workers who will take it across the country.

The youth wing of the BJP will also take out a unique rally of youth astride 1857 two-wheelers in Delhi.

In the next one month, the BJP will hold processions and public meetings, organise two-wheeler rallies, street plays and essay competitions to mark the event.