On Har Ghar Tiranga campaign: ‘Patriotism has increased and so has the demand for flags’

As part of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign to mark 75 years of India’s Independence, the Modi government is aiming to have at least 20 crore flags atop houses from August 13 to August 15. BJP-led governments have been distributing flags and setting targets to manufacture the Tricolour. Sanjay Katuria, 51, a wholesale trader of flags in Sadar Bazar, Old Delhi, and his employee Lakshya Nagpal, 35, say they have been getting orders from across the country
Katuria: Our shop has been around since 1992 and we sell all kinds of flags — from campaign flags of political parties to the Tricolour.
What do you think of the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign?
Katuria: I think it is good as PM Modiji has managed to spread awareness on the Tricolour among people. Traders, sellers and manufacturers were told about the campaign, the details of the tenders for the larger flags, etc.
Has the campaign helped your business?

BJP firefights after video shows man abusing woman in Noida: ‘No association with party’

After reports emerged that a man seen abusing and pushing a woman during an argument was from the BJP, party leaders Saturday headed to the Noida residential society where the incident took place two days ago.
BJP MP from Gautam Budh Nagar, Dr Mahesh Sharma, met residents along with Manoj Gupta, district president of the BJP in Noida, and Sharda Chaturvedi, the party’s Mahila Morcha Adhyaksh. The meeting saw residents raise questions about his alleged association with the party.
Sharma said, “I was informed of the incident yesterday pursuant to which cognizance has been taken by Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (Yogi Adityanath), and I have been directed to speak with you today along with other leaders present. The incident which has been captured in the video requires no witnesses anymore. I have been informed by Noida Police that more sections have been added to the FIR registered against the accused. I want to assure you that this man is not associated with our party. He may have clicked a photo with a party leader; that’s a separate issue. I have lived in Noida for the past 49 years. The actions depicted by Tyagi cannot be accepted by the party. The whole party is standing with you; I want the women who are like my sisters and daughters to be rest assured. National President of the party, J P Nadda, has also taken cognizance of the incident. Tyagi’s background is subject of investigation but in my entire political life, I have never seen this man in any programme of the party. He should be given the strictest punishment. Tyagi is neither a member nor a worker of the party.”
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, Ranvijay Singh, meanwhile, shared an update on the case: “On Friday afternoon, a video went viral on social media where a man living in a society in Sector 93, identified as Shrikant Tyagi, was seen misbehaving with a woman. Noida Police took cognizance of the matter as soon as we were informed and an FIR was registered against the accused. Several police teams were dispatched to arrest him. We have detained four people close to the accused and have been questioning them. A lot of information has been collected from them. There were three cars found in the society premises, of which two cars found in contravention of Motor Vehicles Act which have been seized. Another car, a Fortuner, carried a UP government logo, against which another FIR has been registered against the accused. Police teams are continuously searching for all possible whereabouts of the accused. I want to inform that Tyagi was not provided any security personnel by Gautam Budh Nagar Commissionerate Police, as opposed to what is being said on social media. We will arrest the accused very soon and strict action will be taken against him.”
Noida Police said IPC sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 447 (punishment for criminal trespass) have been added to the FIR registered Friday.

Man accused of abusing Noida woman has FB, Insta following in the thousands, photos with top BJP brass

81,000 followers on Facebook and 52,400 on Instagram — social media profiles purportedly belonging to Shrikant Tyagi, who abused and pushed a woman in a Noida residential society on Thursday, describe him as the National Executive Member, Bharatiya Janata Party Kisan Morcha.
On the Facebook page, the most recent post is dated August 5 and congratulates people on the two-year anniversary of the Bhoomi Pujan at the Ayodhya Ram Temple site.
The BJP has strongly denied any links with Tyagi. On Saturday, when Gautam Budh Nagar MP Mahesh Sharma met residents of the society and was questioned about Tyagi’s alleged association with the party, he said, “I want to assure you that this man is not associated with our party. He may have clicked a photo with a party leader; that’s a separate issue… Tyagi’s background is subject of investigation but in my entire political life, I have never seen this man in any programme of the party. He should be given the strictest punishment. Tyagi is neither a member nor a worker of the party.”

Man who abused Noida woman still on the run, his henchmen turn up at her society

A group of men, allegedly supporting Shrikant Tyagi, who was booked by Noida Police on Friday after he was caught on video pushing and abusing a woman during an argument, barged into the Grand Omaxe residential society in Noida’s Sector 93B late Sunday evening.
The chaos came a day after BJP MP from Gautam Budh Nagar, Dr Mahesh Sharma, met residents along with Manoj Gupta, district president of the BJP in Noida, and Sharda Chaturvedi, the party’s Mahila Morcha Adhyaksh, and assured them of strict action against Tyagi. The BJP has been countering reports that Tyagi is a leader with the party, and Sharma reiterated this on Saturday.
On Sunday night, the MP was back at the society, along with area MLA Pankaj Singh. In a video from Sunday evening, surrounded by people, Sharma can be heard speaking on the phone, where he says that police reached the society after he made calls to the senior police officials. “We are here and are ashamed to say that we are in the government (humein sharmindagi mehsoos ho rahi hai kehte hue ki hamaari sarkaar hai)… Find out how 15 men entered the society… There can be nothing more shameful than this,” he is heard saying.
According to residents, several men entered the housing society around 8 pm after giving a wrong address. “Around 8 pm, several goons entered after giving a wrong address to security officials at the main gate. They then started asking people for the address of the woman who Tyagi had abused. Residents alerted the RWA and members of the security team. Police were called. Meanwhile, several residents surrounded the goons and started questioning them. They said they were here to support Tyagi,” said Manish Gupta, a RWA Board member.
The woman had on Saturday told The Indian Express that the incident had been harrowing for her and her family. Speaking to BJP leaders, she had also pressed for his arrest.

Letter links Shrikant Tyagi to BJP, had police cover for over a year

BJP leaders deny any link with Shrikant Tyagi, booked by Noida police last Friday after he was caught on video pushing and abusing a woman at the Grand Omaxe residential society in Noida’s Sector 93-B, but a 2018 letter confirms Tyagi’s affiliation to the party.
A BJP leader, whose tenure coincided with Tyagi’s, confirmed to The Indian Express that the letter was genuine and that Tyagi was part of the team from August 2018 to April 2021.
“This wing was created as a need was felt for participation from more youths in the kisan morcha. Several appointments were made at the time,” he said.
Along with Tyagi, 20 other appointments were made to posts such as media advisor, social media advisor and secretary. “Not just him (Tyagi), several others were accommodated in the new wing,” the BJP leader said.
Eventually, when a new team was formed, Tyagi failed to find a fresh position in the morcha, the leader said.

BJP’s media, zila staff: Meet Tyagi supporters who barged into society

A district secretary (zila mantri) of the Yuva Morcha and a district media in-charge of the BJP are among the 10 accused named in an FIR registered on Monday morning, hours after a group of men allegedly supporting Shrikant Tyagi barged into Grand Omaxe residential society in Noida’s sector 93B the previous night. The Indian Express met with the families of both men in Loni on Monday.
Police have arrested six persons so far — Nitin Tyagi, Lokendra Tyagi, Rahul Tyagi, Charchil Rana, Prince Tyagi and Ravi Pandit.
Prince Tyagi’s (24) family told The Indian Express Monday that he had gone with six-seven people to visit Shrikant Tyagi’s wife, who is their distant relative, to check on her and her children and offer legal advice as Prince is a practicing lawyer at Karkardooma court.
Outside his house in Prashant Vihar in Loni on Monday, a standee with photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP leaders J P Nadda, Yogi Adityanath and Tejasvi Surya, in Hindi, read, “Office Prince Tyagi, district media in-charge, BJP”.
Sunita Tyagi, Prince’s mother, said: “We have never met Shrikant Tyagi. My daughter-in-law is a distant relative of his wife. My son had gone to just meet her and check on her in the aftermath of the incident. Yesterday evening, he went to the gym and later one of his friends informed me that he had gone to Noida with 5-6 friends. I suspect they took him along for legal advice. We only got to know from media reports around 9.30 pm that he has been detained. He is not a gunda (goon) and is being falsely framed.”

Delhi BJP launches ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign, to put up tricolours at shops, houses across city

The Delhi BJP Monday launched the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign to mark 75 years of Independence as part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
BJP SC Morcha state president Bhupendra Gothwa said that on the call of the prime minister, a pledge has been taken by the Morcha to make the campaign successful and that all the office-bearers of the districts would unfurl flags at every house.
Celebrations such as flag distribution, decorating prominent roundabouts, markets, schools and hospitals with tricolours have been planned. Corporation schools have also been included in the celebration while the L-G office has passed several directives to make the occasion grand.
As part of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign, the Union government is encouraging people to hoist the national flag at their homes and to use it as their social media display pictures.