BJP plans to celebrate first anniversary of Art 370 abrogation in a big way

Party to rope in members from Valmiki and Gorkha community to counter opposition’s campaign.

Jammu: The J&K unit of the BJP has decided to celebrate the ‘first anniversary’ of abrogation of Article 370 and bi-furcation of the erstwhile state of J&K into two Union Territories in a big way.

The 15-day celebrations will be held from August 5 to 20 and during this period the party will organise various programmes across the UTs of J&K and Ladakh.

On Wednesday, a meeting of senior leaders was held in which the party decided to rope in people who were benefited by the abrogation of Article 370, especially Valmikis, Gorkhas and West Pakistani refugees.

The party has also decided that Tricolour would be hoisted on every roof-top of Jammu province.

Speaking on the occasion, party general secretary (organisation) Ashok Koul impressed upon all the BJP leaders to ensure that the ‘pakhwara’ would be celebrated like a festival in every nook and corner of the region. He discussed various programmes to be conducted during the whole ‘pakhwara’.

Koul asked the party leaders to ensure that the ‘Tiranga’ be grandly hoisted on every housetop of the region.

He said that to mark the important historical day a “virtual rally” will also be addressed by a Union Minister and asked the party leaders to ensure that it reaches every person owning a mobile phone or having Internet access.

The party has already appealed to all the citizens to illuminate their houses, chowks and prominent buildings in their areas with candles in the evening of August 5. (TNS)