A COLLECTIVE expression of protest against growing terrorism in the country and skyrocketing prices was displayed by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists on the City streets through a human chain today.
The BJYM activists stood joining hands from Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee statue on Hoshangabad Road near BJP office to Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya statue at Lalghati, about 14 km in stretch, with certain long stretches going unoccupied.
The BJP national secretary and BJYM affairs in-charge Vijay Goel termed the human chain as the longest of all the human chains formed in 11-12 states so far by the BJYM activists in recent time to lodge protest against terrorism.
As was announced by the BJYM leaders they managed to draw a good number of workers from various parts of the State to form the human chain.
The workers coming from different divisions occupied different stretches already allotted to them. However, concentration of workers was seen at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee statue, New Market, Roshanpura, from Kamala Nehru Park to Gandhi Medical College and at Pt Deendayal Upadhyay statue.
The route had several control rooms. The workers carried placards bearing slogans on Kashmir and terrorism. Though traffic bottlenecks at the busy markets caused inconvenience to people, the BJYM workers did not block the squares.
Hence the traffic flow was not thrown totally out of gear. A good number of police personnel and traffic police personnel were deployed en route to ensure that there was no chaotic situation on the roads.
Initially, the human chain was meant for only half an hour from 1 pm to 1.30 pm but it went on for over an hour more in view of the BJP leaders’ decision to move along the route to boost the workers morale and thank them for their efforts.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, State BJP president Satyanarayan Jatia, Vijay Goel, State BJYM in-charge Arvind Bhadoria, Minister for Revenue Kamal Patel, Roop Pamnani, Amit Thakkar, Kamalbhai Lalbhai, Narendra Patel and Rajnish Agarwal in an open jeep drove from the BJP office to Lalghati. They shook hands with the workers and acknowledged their greetings.
BJYM State president Dheeraj Pateria and general secretary Vishwas Sarang moved from one point to others on a bike to spur
the workers to stand in a disciplined manner.
Addressing the gathering of workers at Lalghati, the CM, Jatia and Vijay Goel lashed out at the Centre for its faulty policies, which, they alleged, were responsible for growing terrorism in the country. They also criticised the Central Government for skyrocketing prices.