State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief and Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Vijay Sampla led the ‘Tiranga Yatra’ from Khatkar Kalan, the native village of martyr Bhagat Singh, on Monday morning to commemorate the 70th year of India’s Independence.
While addressing a massive gathering, Sampla said that the “Azadi 70 – Yaad Karo Qurbani” programme, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the country, was aimed at inculcating the spirit of patriotism among youth.
He said that during the “Tiranga Yatra” programme, chalked out by the Prime Minister, Union ministers would visit the places associated with the great martyrs and freedom fighters to commemorate 70 years of India’s Independence and 75 years of “Quit India” movement. The “Tiranga Yatra” would help in igniting the spirit of patriotism among youth, thus, ultimately strengthening the unity in diversity”, said Sampla, while adding by holding ‘Tiranga’ in their hands, the youth of the country would be motivated to fight against the nefarious designs of the forces inimical to unity and integrity of the country.
Under the programme, union cabinet ministers, including Arun Jaitley, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Harsh Vardhan, Anil Dave participated in the “Tiranga Yatra” programmes at different places in Punjab.
BJP president appreciated Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) state president, Shiv Vir Rajan, state secretary Ashu Sampla, and others for arrangements of the programme.
BJP organisation secretary Dinesh Kumar, assistant media adviser, Punjab, Vineet Joshi, Punjab Social Welfare Board chairperson Varinder Kaur Thandi, state BJP vice- president Sudesh Kumari, former MLA, Mohan Lal Banga and several others were present on the occasion.
Yatra welcomed in Hoshiarpur
Hoshiarpur: The “Tiranga Yatra” flagged off and led by Vijay Sampla at Khatkar Kalan reached the city on Monday afternoon where it was received by hundreds of BJP workers.
City residents had to face a lot of harassment due to the BJP procession. Long queues of vehicles with Tricolour atop choked the roads as the cavalcade halted at several places to enable leaders receive garlands from cheering supporters.
Traffic remained blocked for a long time on Railway Road and Clock Tower Road due to the reception at the BJP’s office near the municipal library. Commuters were caught unawares as no signboards had been put up by the traffic police to guide them about the diversion.
Addressing the gathering in the party office, Sampla said the pan-India yatra was planned by the Modi government to instill a spirit of nationalism in the people. Senior BJP leaders Dinesh Kumar, Vineet Joshi, Rahul Kothari, Shiv Veer Rajan, Tikshan Sud, Amit Sampla and Sanjiv Talwar accompanied Sampla.