State BJP President B S Yeddyurappa flagged off Tiranga Yatra, a symbol of social harmony in the city, on Monday.
As part of the programme intended to imbibe the spirit of nationalism and spread awareness about the contribution of freedom fighters, the BJP workers took out a bike rally in areas of the city.
The yatra, that started from Mathrumandali Circle, was led by Yeddyurappa and city BJP President Dr Manjunath, went through Kalamandir and Vontikoppal roads.
A large number of party activists, riding on scooters, bikes, cars with the national flags in their hands, participated in the yatra. They raised slogans like “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Vande Mataram”.
Addressing the party activists, Yeddyurappa thanked them for their participation and said that such types of yatras were being held throughout the country to mark Independence Day. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to all party activists to celebrate Independence Day to remember unknown martyrs. “Their sacrifice for the nation should be highlighted. This will be a symbol of development, social harmony and unity. It will spread harmony,” he added.
Speaking on anti-national slogans at Amnesty International, Yeddyurappa alleged that Home Minister G Parameshwara was protecting them. “This incident was similar to one at JNU and Hyderabad. No serious action has been taken against Amnesty. On the contrary, the Home Minister is trying to protecting them,” he said.
“On the other hand, ABVP members who are actively working to build nationalism were suppressed. Police behaved rudely with them. After Congress came to power, there is complete breakdown in law and order in the state. Everywhere there is violence and police are behaving cruelly. This can’t be tolerated anymore,” he added.