The BJP will hold a three-day event across the country to hail freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s philosophy.
The move comes as a counter to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s comparison of JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar to Bhagat Singh.
The three-day programme will start with the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh on March 23, during which BJP will organise functions across the country during which speeches will be held.
BJP workers will also sing Rang de Basanti Chola , Bhagat Singh’s favourite song, and burn effigies of those with “anti-national intentions.”
A controversy erupted on March 21 when Congress leader Shashi Tharoor compared JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, facing sedition charges, with Bhagat Singh, drawing strong criticism from BJP, which accused the former Union Minister of insulting the freedom fighter.
During his over 43-minute long speech, Tharoor said, “Bhagat Singh was a young man in his 20s with Marxist beliefs who had great passion for motherland. Kanhaiya has same qualities in common.”
However, Congress distanced itself from Tharoor’s statement.
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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the Opposition party may have distanced itself from its MP’s comments but that was not adequate as he had not withdrawn it or expressed regret.
“What is Congress doing? For 12 years, it opposed Modi, for two years, it opposed development (under Modi), then it gave respectability to anti-India slogans raised in JNU and now insulting martyrs has become the identity of Congress under Rahul Gandhi,” he said.
Javadekar alleged that Tharoor said so with an eye on Kerala assembly polls.
Referring to reports that Kanhaiya’s posters have been used by some Congress leaders in Assam polls, Javadekar said it showed that the opposition party had no role model left.