Get pics of homes not hoisting national flag, BJP chief tells supporters

DHERADUN, UTTARAKHAND: The chief of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Uttarakhand state unit has asked his supporters to click pictures of homes where the Indian flags are not displayed on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day of the country on August 15.

Last month, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign asking the citizens to display the Indian flag at their homes from August 13 to August 15.

BJP Uttarakhand chief, Mahendra Bhatt, addressing an event in Haldwani said India cannot trust those who do not hoist the national flag.

“People won’t see owners of those houses with trust where the tricolour (Indian flag) is not hoisted this Independence Day… Get me photographs of those houses where the tricolour is not hoisted. People would like to see who is a nationalist and who isn’t,” he said.

The BJP leader’s remarks triggered sharp condemnation from Opposition parties.

Slamming Bhatt’s “silly remark”, Congress leader Ganesh Godiyal said, “Being the state president of a national party, he should think twice before saying something. Currently, I am on a tour to the hills and can see many homes not hoisting the tricolour, maybe due to their difficult financial conditions under the BJP rule.”

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