Mumbai: To counter opposition’s ‘Save Constitution Rally’, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to organise ‘Tiranga Ekta Rally’on the same day in all districts of the state, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis deciding to hold a public meeting in Mumbai.
The opposition parties have organised a ‘Save Constitution Rally’ on the occasion of Republic Day at Mumbai. Now, the BJP is planning to obstruct the opposition’s rally by various ways.
The organising committee of ‘Save Constitution rally’ had sought permission for holding the rally at Gateway of India, which was denied because the place has been already allotted to the Urdu Sahitya Academy for their ‘mushayara’ organised by Minority Development Commission.
“Certain forces are trying to divide the society. The BJP is conducting a ‘Tiranga Ekta Rally’ in all districts of the state giving a call of social harmony and unity,” alleged BJP’s state chief and Lok Sabha MP Raosaheb Danve.
The BJP is organising similar rallies in around 300 places in the state.
“We aim at reaching tribal hamlets where a flag hoisting ceremony has been rarely held. We will also be hoisting the flag at 12 locations in Mumbai which were rocked by bomb blasts in 1992,” said Danve.
In Mumbai, BJP Mumbai Chief Ashish Shelar has organised the rally. It will start from Chaityabhoomi in Dadar which will be converted into a public meeting at Kamgar ground in Elphinstone Road where Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will address the rally.
Opposition’s Save Constitution Rally is a joint programme of all anti-BJP parties. NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, senior Congress leaders, Gujarat MLAs Jignesh Mewani, Alpesh Thakore and Patidar leader Hardik Patel, JDU leader Sharad Yadav, CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, farmers’ leader and Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetti will be part of the rally.
“We want to save the constitution, in the wake constant violations of constitutional values by this government,” said Jitendra Awhad, NCP MLA and one of the organisers of the opposition’s rally.
The Congress too has announced similar Save Constitution rallies in all districts.
“We have already announced our participation in the Mumbai’s rally and will also conduct similar programmes in all districts. Our party stands with constitutional values and we are committed not to allow the government to violate them,” said Ashok Chavan, state chief of the Congress.