‘Equating Kanhaiya with Bhagat Singh akin to dividing country’

  • HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 26, 2016 10:35 IST
BJP workers protesting against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s remarks in Chandigarh on Friday. (HT Photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha (BJPYM), youth wing of the BJP, held a protest against the Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for comparing the Jawaharlal Nehru Student Union (JNUNSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar with Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

The rally, under the leadership of state BJP chief Sanjay Tandon, started from the BJP office in Sector 33 and ended at the Congress Bhawan in Sector 35. Some workers were also injured when the police used mild lathicharge and water cannons to disperse them near the Sector-34 Gurdwara.

Youth wing chief Amit Rana and other youth wing leaders also participated. Addressing the gathering, Tandon said Tharoor’s statement is highly condemnable, and that the Congress party had lost its balance. “By supporting such elements, the Congress is dividing the country. The party is unable to see the growth and development works being done by the NDA government,” he added.

The Congress leader’s effigy was also burnt by the protesters. The Yuva Morcha chief said all those who support such anti-national activities should not be spared. Party vice-chairman Ramveer Bhatti, general secretary Harishankar Mishra also participated in the protest.

Protest march in Panchkula

BJP leaders and office bearers carried out a protest march against “anti-national forces” here on Friday. The march, led by local chief Deepak Sharma, started from the party office in Sector 2 and went up to Majri Chowk, where the party workers burnt an effigy of “antinational elements”. MLA Gian Chand Gupta and Ambala MP Ratan Lal Kataria were also present. Kataria said, “Those who consider Afzal Guru and Yakub Memon as heroes should be condemned. I am in favour of the freedom of expression, but spreading anti-nationalism in the name of ideology can’t be tolerated.”

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