SRINAGAR: While Kashmir was commemorating the death anniversary of pro-freedom leader Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, ruling BJP organised an event to observe the 48th death anniversary of Sangh parivar ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya on Saturday.
Attended by a few dozen people the BJP claims are its active members, who had come from different parts of valley, the event was held at Banquet Hall in Srinagar.
Most participants had no idea of the person whose anniversary was being observed. As soon as they got down from a private cab, the young BJP ‘workers’ were clueless as to what is going to be inside.
Glancing here and there, Tanveer Ahmad, a participant from Sumbal area of Bandipora, said he was promised by the middleman from his area that his pending official work would be cleared if he attends the meeting.
“He must be some BJP leader,” he said while pointing to Upadhyay’s garlanded picture on a table.
Soon, a leaflet in Urdu was distributed among the participants. It had brief biographical information about the life of Deendayal Upadhyay, who was a prominent leader of Jan Sangh, BJP’s forerunner.
“We are here to pay tributes to pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya ji on his 48th death anniversary,” shouted the anchor of event and picked up the paper and started reading it out.
Later, speakers, that include local BJP workers, tried to shed light on the deceased leader but ended up highlighting “development, peace in the valley and the need for loyalty to the party”.
“Today, I want to tell you how strongly I believe in Modi ji. He is not just a prime minister of the poor, he is their Bhagwan, he is the messenger, he is the sarparast; I have heard all of his 50-odd mann ki baat talks and in all of them he speaks for the poor, may God give him a long life, Jai Hind,” said 80-year old Ghulam Qadir Majrooh, who said he has been a member of BJP since 1991.
A BJP member requesting anonymity said about 46 pracharaks “will be launched tomorrow in Srinagar” who would visit every constituency in Kashmir and mobilise the workers for upcoming elections and other party activities in Kashmir.