Rajkot: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani took the lead when it came to explaining the importance of the Citizenship Amendment Act, as he flagged off the Tiranga Yatra on Thursday.
At a time when the Bharatiya Janta Party is trying any means necessary to gain support for CAA, the Chief Minister’s pro-CAA slogans in Hindi, English and Gujarati focused on explaining how BJP under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah is paving the path for a progressive and united India.
The CM garlanded the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Bahumali Bhuvan prior to his address, as he kicked off the Tianga Yatra, in which schoolchildren in colourful costumes and representatives of various organizations and religions carried a 2km-long version of the Indian national flag from Race Course Road to Mahatma Gandhi statue.
CM Rupani used about a dozen slogans, repeating each in all three languages to press home his point. During the event—which featured slogans such as “Nation First. Die for Nation, Live for Nation. Hum sub ek hai. Alag bhasha alag vesh, phir bhi apna ek sesh; Kutch ho ya Gauhati, apna desh apni maati, desh maate jivishu, desh maate marishu, desh sivay kashu nahi, Rashtra pehla pachi aame”—in which the Chief Minister highlighted the BJP’s achievements including the surgical strike, the abrogation of Article 370 and the Triple Talak Bill. He also talked about the Congress party’s regime in the years following Independence “There were many issues faced after Independence that hampered the unity and integrity of the country, but no efforts were made in past to find a solution to the problems,” he said.
While he did not mention the impending visit of US President Donald Trump to Gujarat, CM Rupani reiterated that “CAA does not talk about taking away anyone’s nationality but instead talks about giving nationality” CM said trying hard to counter against ongoing protest against CAA.
Coming down heavily on those trying to weaken the unity of India he said, “Congress, Mamta Banerjee and those shouting anti-national slogans at JNU are doing false propaganda to ensure that the country does not become strong.”
He added: “This yatra in support of CAA is a message to all those who are messing with CAA and drawing people on a wrong path.”
While other BJP leaders including MP Mohan Kundaria were asked to join the yatra, the Chief Minister and Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama waved at people from the stage as they joined the yatra along roads that had been decorated with the tricolour.
CM announces annual beach festival at Mandvi
Kicking off a two-month beach festival at Mandvi in Kutch district CM Rupani on Thursday announced that it be annual affair held alongside the Dhordo Rann Utsav festival. The tent festival on Mandvi’s beach is expected to promote tourism in the Kutch district, where the white dessert is already popular among the world’s tourists. According to data from the tourism department, Mandvi beach is the third most popular leisure destination for domestic and international tourists. The chief minister also said that water sports would be developed at Mandvi beach to attract tourists.