New Delhi: Can you even imagine celebration of Valentine’s Day in the office of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), whose fringe elements have a history of beating couples on the ‘Love Diwas’?
A video – purportedly shot in the saffron party’s office at Mira-Bhayander in Thane district of Maharashtra – is doing the round on the social, showing men and women shaking legs on a music tune in a decorated hall that have a big BJP banner in the background.
The camera is initially focussed on a woman in saffron colour dress who is dancing with a man wearing jeans and shirt, with another saffron-clad woman holding mike. Soon, they were joined by many.
The video clip – whose authenticity could not be independently verified by Janta Ka Reporter – has been shared by one Jitu Bhai on Facebook.
Activists of Bajrang Dal activists and other fringe groups directly or indirectly associated with the BJP attacking love birds on Valentine’s Day is nothing new. Many senior leaders of the BJP, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have voiced their opposition to Valentine’s Day by terming it as “western culture”, which – according to them – is dangerous like an “epidemic”.
Several right wing leaders have often suggested that February 14 should be celebrated as ‘Matru-Pitru Diwas’ – a day when parents are worshipped – instead of a romantic holiday. Even Chhindwara district collector in Madhya Pradesh issued a notice asking people to do so.
Several incidents of violence were reported on this year’s Valentine’s Day as well.