Congress and several party leaders on Wednesday changed their profile pictures as part of a mass movement to celebrate the tricolor ahead of India’s 75th Independence Day. This comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi put the ‘trianga’ as the profile picture on his social media accounts and urged others to do the same.
While senior BJP leaders immediately followed suit, the Congress today joined the movement with a twist. The image on display is Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, holding the tricolor flag.
“The tricolor is in our hearts, it is the blood in our veins. On December 31, 1929, Pandit Nehru while unfurling the tricolor flag on the banks of river Ravi said, ‘Now the tricolor flag has been hoisted, it should not be bent’,” the Congress party’s official Twitter handle posted in Hindi.
“Let us all make this tricolor our identity which gives the message of undivided unity of the country. Jai Hind”
Senior Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Jairam Ramesh and others changed their display pictures to Nehru with tricolor in hand.
“And that’s in khadi,” Jairam Ramesh tweeted, apparently taking a swipe at the Centre’s decision to allow the manufacture and sale of the tricolor made of polyester.
In another veiled dig at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), he said, “We are our leader Nehru’s DP putting the tricolor in his hand. But the Prime Minister’s message did not reach his family. Will those who have not hoisted the flag at their headquarters in Nagpur for 52 years listen to the Prime Minister?
On Sunday, the celebration of 75 years of independence is being promoted by the government as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, which is turning into a mass movement and people are demanding to put ‘trianga’ as their social media profile picture. Accounts between August 2nd and 15th.
“Today is a special 2nd August! As we mark Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, our nation is all set for Har Ghar Tiranga, a mass movement celebrating our tricolor flag. I have changed the DP on my social media pages and urge you all to do the same,” he said in a tweet on Tuesday.