Uttarakhand BJP chief Mahendra Bhatt today said his demand for photos of houses which have not put up the national flag was only meant for party workers and not for the general public.
Under attack from opposition parties for making such a demand, he said anyone who has true feelings for the country will not hesitate to unfurl the national flag at their home to celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence.
Clarifying that his remark was only in the context of party workers, Mr Bhatt said, “My statement was meant for party workers only as I want each one of them to respond to the Prime Minister’s call.”
“It is my firm belief that whoever feels for this country will not hesitate to unfurl the national flag at their home,” Mr Bhatt told Press Trust if India.
“Our freedom fighters went to the gallows holding the national flag high. I want every home across the country to unfurl the national flag in response to the Prime Minister’s call to celebrate ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’he added.
Mr Bhatt also repeated his statement made in Haldwani recently that the country will not trust those who do not unfurl the national flag on Independence Day.
“It is only natural. After all, why should any Indian have problems in unfurling the national flag at their home to celebrate the occasion?” Mr Bhatt said.
He accused the Congress of politicising the issue unnecessarily. The principal opposition party in the state had said many people may not unfurl the national flag at their homes if they cannot afford to buy one.
In response to this, Mr Bhatt said, “The national flag is being distributed by the government among people through different mediums. The party is also helping in the exercise.”
“The Congress’s argument that people don’t have the money to buy the flag has no meaning,” he added.
Meanwhile, welcoming the Congress’s ‘Tiranga Yatra’the BJP leader said anything that celebrates India’s great struggle for freedom deserves to be appreciated.
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