Monday, January 24, 2011

PM’s remarks a desperate attempt to suffocate democracy: Anurag Thakur

MP and Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) President Shri Anurag Thakur on
Sunday expressed regrets over the remarks of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and termed PM’s statement as blatant disregard to the aspirations and freedom of Indian Youth, as well as an attempt to “suffocate democracy.”

PM on Saturday had issued a statement asking people to “refrain from promoting divisive agenda,” in a direct reference to the Yatra. Shri Thakur, who is leading the BJYM Rashtriya Ekta Yatra, said he was appalled at the ugly designs of the Congress and J&K government in scuttling the peaceful march aimed at promoting national integration by thousands of nationalist youth. Thakur also condemned arrests of BJP leaders in J&K and said it was
an act of clear-cut desperation.

While reiterating his party’s resolve to go ahead with the Yatra, Shri Thakur exhorted youth of the nation to rise to the occasion and reject PM’s remarks, which were nothing more than an attempt to demoralize Indian youth.

“We are leading a peaceful Yatra and across 11 states we have been received by enthusiastic people. The National Flag has enthused millions of people and we youngsters are carrying forward those aspirations. I fail to comprehend how this is an attempt to score political points,” said the Hamirpur MP. Shri Thakur, who along with his strong contingent of thousands of Yatris travelled through Hoshiarpur,Amritsar and Jallandhar on Sunday, said “Republic Day was indeed a solemn occasion and that’s the reason we have chosen this as a moment to reinforce the values of national integrity and sovereignty. The Prime Minister
instead of demoralizing the spirits of India’s future, should have complimented our endevour which has resuscitated nationalists feelings among millions of people.” He added, this was nothing but a clear indication that the Congress continues with its ambivalence towards separatists forces in the J&K region which was encouraging them to continue to challenge the spirit of India and Indianness.

Meeting large number of people who had lined up to felicitate the Rashtriya Ekta Yatra at Hoshiarpur,Amritsar, Jallandhar and other cities Shri Thakur also condemned the arrests of BJP officials in J&K. “The J&K Government in connivance of the UPA government at the Centre was desperate to prevent us from pursuing our resolve and it is indeed sad. They are clearly bowing down to the designs of the separatist forces by indulging in acts like arrest of BJP workers. I am sad over the turn of events.”

Shri Thakur also exhorted youth of Jammu & Kashmir to come forward and join “thousands of youngsters who are participating in the Yatra from all parts of the country.” He added occasions like this provided enormous opportunities for the youth of the country to take pride that they are participating in the process of nation building.

Shri Thakur started the Yatra on January 12 this year from Kolkata. In past 11 days the procession has traversed through 11 states and has attracted enormous support of people. The Yatra will end with hoisting of the National Flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on January 26. However, the J&K Government has announced that it would not allow the peaceful Yatra to reach Srinagar citing “sensitive law and order issues.”


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