The rally was organised by the Ministry of Culture to amplify the awareness of ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’.
New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday called upon the Members of Parliament and other elected representatives to take the message of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and the emotional connection with the national flag to the people.
The Vice President flagged off the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ bike rally of MPs from Red Fort to Vijay Chowk. The rally was organised by the Ministry of Culture to amplify the awareness of ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’, a Govt of India initiative to inculcate a personal connect between the citizens of India and the national flag. Several Union Ministers participated in the bike rally.
Appreciating the Culture Ministry for the initiative, Naidu said the Independence Day celebrations must “remind us of the sacrifices our freedom fighters had to make in their struggle against colonial rule”. He also called for recounting tales of bravery and social harmony from the freedom struggle. “As we proudly hoist our national flag, also reflect and uphold our national values of oneness, harmony and universal brotherhood,” he said.
Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi, Minister for Culture Kishan Reddy, Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal, Ministers of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi and V Muraleedharan and others participated in the event.
Meanwhile, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to flood social media profiles with the national flag has seen many takers, his idea has not moved the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Opposition said. Neither did the organisation’s official Twitter handle nor did senior Sangh leaders like chief Mohan Bhagwat and Dattatreya Hosabale changed their profile pictures. The RSS’ Facebook page is also not displaying it.