The Aam Aadmi Party, led by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, will take out a “Tiranga Yatra” September 14 in Ayodhya with likely pitstops at the Ram Lalla temple and, en route to it, at Hanumangarhi.
Coming after its introduction of a “Deshbhakti” course in schools, “embedded” in Constitutional values, AAP leaders said, the message behind the yatra is to distinguish the party’s framing of Hindu identity, religion and nationalism in “very different” terms from the “divisive” version of the BJP’s.
Significantly, this comes as AAP is trying to make inroads in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttarakhand, where it has fielded former Indian Army Colonel Ajay Kothiyal as its Chief Ministerial face with a promise to turn the hill state into the “spiritual capital for Hindus”.
In the run-up to the Ayodhya event, Singh said, AAP will also hold Tiranga Yatras in Agra on Sunday and Noida on September 1.
Bid to steal ‘Hindutva’ thunder
AS the BJP accuses the Opposition of minority appeasement, AAP says it’s reframing nationalism very differently — linking Hinduism, Tricolour to “good governance and education”. This comes as it eyes other states, including UP.
Sisodia and Singh, who is the party’s Uttar Pradesh in-charge, will attend both rallies.
In Delhi, the AAP-led government is getting 500 high-mast Tricolours installed across the city at a cost of Rs 85 crore.
“The party will organise a…