Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday alleged ration card holders had been being pressured to purchase the nationwide flag by the shopkeepers, and accused the BJP of promoting “nationalism” and hurting the poor’s self-respect.
In a Fb publish in Hindi, Mr Gandhi mentioned tricolour is our pleasure and it resides in each Indian’s coronary heart.
“Nationalism can by no means be bought. It’s shameful that whereas giving ration, poor are being requested to cough up Rs 20 for the tricolour,” Mr Gandhi alleged.
“Together with the tricolour, the BJP authorities can also be attacking the self-respect of the poor of our nation,” the previous Congress chief mentioned as he shared a video purportedly exhibiting some ration card holders complaining about being pressured to pay Rs 20 to purchase the flag.
Earlier within the day, BJP MP Varun Gandhi too had alleged that ration card holders had been being pressured to purchase the nationwide flag as a situation to avail the ration.
He mentioned will probably be unlucky if the celebrations for the seventy fifth anniversary of Independence turn into a burden on the poor.
He, in a tweet in Hindi, mentioned it was “shameful” to power the poor to pay for the ‘Tiranga’ and deny them their meals.
‘Tiranga’ lives within the coronary heart of each Indian, Varun Gandhi mentioned in the identical tweet.
The central authorities has urged folks to hoist or show the nationwide flag from their houses throughout August 13-15 as a part of its ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ programme.
The BJP has been operating a marketing campaign to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name a giant success.