The BJP is planning to mark the 70th year of India’s Independence with a grand celebration stretching over a week from August 15 to 22, with rallies of two-wheelers called Tiranga Yatra in every constituency where the party has an MP.
The plans were revealed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a meeting of the BJP parliamentary party on Tuesday.
“Mr. Modi spoke on two issues… one is related to the fact that the last two sessions [of Parliament] have seen increasing debate and work being done. This means MPs should now concentrate on reading up on the issues coming up in Parliament and try to raise the levels of public discourse. The second is related to celebrating the 70 anniversary of Independence,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said.
The celebrations would include rallies with two-wheelers, with riders holding aloft the national flag. Sources said Mr. Modi wanted something that was “visible and would help foster the spirit of nationalism in the younger generation.”
Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has been tasked with working out the details. “Mood is good. Keep it up. But observe caution,” Mr. Modi reportedly told the party leaders. The party leaders also gave Mr. Modi two standing ovations for his “successful” foreign tours, including his address to the U.S. Congress and the decision of two countries to confer their highest civilian honours on him.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj gave a detailed account of his foreign travels between the last session and the current one.