Maharashtra govt plans Quit India, Congress protests


Mumbai: In an apparent attempt to link contemporary politics to pre-Independence history, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Maharashtra is launching a fortnight-long ‘Quit India 2 Swaraaj to Suraaj Movement’ on Tuesday to mark the 74th anniversary of the Quit India movement. 

On the anniversary of the 74th anniversary of the Quit India movement that was launched in 1942 during the struggle for independence. Now BJP government has planned a `Quit India 2’ campaign to fight corruption, illiteracy, farmer suicides, addiction and water wastage.

The state government has issued an advertisement in newspapers on Monday announcing the campaign that will be launched by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at the August Krant Maidan on Tuesday. It was the same place where Mahatma Gandhi had called for the Quit India Movement against British rule.

The Congress has strongly criticised the BJP for using the Quit India movement background and legacy for political gain. The party said the BJP or ideological fountainhead Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) were never associated with the movement and the saffron party’s attempt to use the movement’s name will belittle its importance.

City unit chief of Mumbai Congress Sanjay Nirupam questioned the saffron party’s right to use the movement’s legacy. In fact, the RSS had opposed the movement. By using the name and claiming to launch the second phase, I think they are ridiculing the legacy of the movement,” said Nirupam.

He further said that the RSS was never active during the fight for freedom. “They have never given due importance to Independence Day either. It is for the first time that the BJP-led government was seen celebrating the Quit India movement anniversary at the Gowalia tank,” he said.

The Mumbai Congress has also announced a protest against the state government for not allowing it to celebrate the anniversary. The party claimed that it was denied the permission, despite having asked for it well in advance and despite the fact that the Congress celebrate the day every year at the ground. Nirupam also alleged that the BJP has raised its pandal illegally and the Congress would raze it if not given permission.

“After we applied for permission for the programme on July 18, the Mumbai Police and the Archeological Survey of India have granted it to us, but the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, on the behest of the BJP leaders, have denied us permission. On the contrary, the BJP put up a pandal there illegally. Such is the high-handedness of the ruling party,” he added.

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