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Congress to hold Dhwaja Satyagraha on July 30


New Delhi: The Congress has said the party will hold a Dhwaja Satyagraha on July 30 to protest against the alleged plan of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to amend the National Flag Code to permit the manufacture and import of polyester national flags, party sources said on Friday. The Congress supports the Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha’s demand for withdrawal of the decision to import polyester flag and for launching a Dhwaja Satyagraha.

The Congress said that the Tricolour (Tiranga) is an epitome of the nation’s epic freedom struggle against the British government and sovereignty and the Khadi-made flag signifies how the people of India defeated the colonial power. At a press conference Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said that the values that the Tricolour signifies are alien to the BJP and its ideologues who had no role in the freedom struggle. The BJP is inspired by the Hindu Mahasabha that took part in the coalition governments with Muslim League. The governments were formed in Sindh, Bengal and the North West Frontier Province to subvert the nationalist forces, he said.

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Aside from that, the BJP’s parent organisation Rashtriya Sayamsevak Samaj (RSS) refused to hoist the national flag at its headquarters in Nagpur. It had also arrested three activists on January 26, 2001 for trying to hoist the National Flag at its headquarters.  

The Congress said that Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha is the only unit licensed to produce khadi national flags, and is facing closure as a result of this decision. The Congress fully associates itself with the organisation, he said.

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