Moment Of History: Tiranga Rally At Srinagar’s Lal Chowk

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By: Shabeer Ahmad
Updated: 25 July, 2022 1:56 pm IST
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SRINAGAR: It was a moment to remember as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) flagged off a Tiranga rally from the historic Lal Chowk on Monday, paying homage to the heroes who laid their lives during the Kargil war.

At the height of terrorism, Lal Chowk used to be the fort of the separatists. However, a lot of water has passed under the bridge since and the bike rally, flagged off by BJP general secretary Tarun Chug, marked the gradual change in wind direction.

The rally will culminate at Kargil War Memorial on July 26 on the occasion of Vijay Diwas.

The participants of the rally belonged to BJP’s Yuva Morcha who had come from different places in the country.

While referring to the two influential political families in the valley – Abdullahs and Muftis – Chug said that the twin families in Jammu and Kashmir, who ruled here for the past 70 years have made it terrorism capital, but the Prime Minister has made it tourism capital.

“Mehbooba Mufti had claimed that after the abrogation of Article 370, no one will raise the tricolour in J&K. Let her visit Lal Chowk and see how everyone has been carrying the tricolour in their hands,” he said.

“The twin families have joined hands and come up with Gupkar gang. Abdullah and sons & Mufti and sons are only making poisonous statements,” Chug said.

“Abdullah and sons, Mufti and sons and Nehru and sons have been rejected by the people now. The youth have come forward for the progress of J&K. The youth from different J&K parts participated in the bike rally,” he said.

“For those who have looted J&K failed to ensure progress here, but their properties continue to rise,” he said, adding that the tricolour is in the hearts and minds of every Kashmiri, but these politicians are reluctant to accept this fact.

Talking about the rally, Chug said that the rally is being organized to remember the sacrifices of the heroes of the Kargil war. “J&K has moved forward. It is not dependent on the aspirations of the dynasts,” he told reporters.

BJP’s J&K president, Ravinder Raina said that the tiranga is “our identity and it belongs to everyone irrespective of religion, caste and creed”.

“Many people have sacrificed their lives for India’s independence. Many officers have also been killed for this tricolour,” he said.

Sunil Sharma, former J&K minister, said that BJP will have its own government in UT. National President of BJP Yuva Morcha, Tejasvi Surya also spoke on the occasion and said that for the first time after the abrogation of Article 370, such a rally was organized.

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