GIDDERBAHA, August 13: Thousands of Congress workers today participated in the Tiranga Yatra led by the Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring in Gidderbaha, Mansa and Talwandi Sabo.
The PCC president is participating in the Tiranga Yatra in different parts of the state to mark the 75 years of independence of the country.
Holding national flags in their hands, thousands of Congress workers took out route marches at these places. Warring was joined by senior party leaders who among others included Khshbaz Jatana, the constituency in-charge of Talwandi Sabo, also.
In an informal interaction with reporters here, Warring said, he was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and the support of the party workers across the state. He said, this was the last leg of the Tiranga Yatra, named, “Harr Dil Mein Tiranga”, which will conclude tomorrow.
The PCC president disclosed that the response of people in general and the Congress workers in particular was impressive and overawing. “It is natural for the Congress workers to identify with the Tiranga”, he said, claiming that the Congress party and its workers and leaders have lived and died with the Tiranga only.
Earlier, the PCC president participated and led the Tiranga Yatra in Majha and Doaba regions also which were participated in by thousands of Congressmen.
He said, it was a good thing that people have been showing a lot of excitement and are keenly getting involved in the hoisting tricolor in their homes, vehicles and work places. At the same time, he added, this is not happening for the first time, as some people and parties like BJP will make us believe, as it has been happening for the last 75 years.
Warring said, the Tiranga yatras were taken by the Congress party all over India to mark the 75 years of Independence. “You cannot separate the Congress party from anything that is associated with the freedom struggle of the country”, he asserted, saying, while everyone has a right to celebrate the Independence Day, it is not anybody’s sole or exclusive right, either.
Replying to a question about the purpose of taking out this yatra, he said, such events and celebrations not only create a sense of belonging but also awareness among the younger generation as to how freedom was obtained. “They should not take freedom for granted and should know what it cost to the country and their ancestors to throw away the British from India”, he said.
In Gidderbaha, which is Warring’s home constituency, the show was massive and overwhelming with markets and the yatra route overflowing with crowds holding the tricolor in their hand.