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BJP threatens stir if Britons toast Mutiny

BJP threatens stir if Britons toast Mutiny

Author: TNN And Agencies
Publication: The Times of India
Date: September 23, 2007

BJP has threatened to launch a massive agitation if the state government allowed Britons, including soldiers of the original British garrison, to visit the state capital to celebrate "their victory in the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857". "The government must ban their entry into the state capital on Monday, else BJP will take to streets,'' said party leader Lalji Tandon.

Several parties have also condemned the visit of 19 Britons to Meerut to install a "plaque'' at St John's church to celebrate the "victory''. The bishop, though, denied them the permission. The district administration has ordered a probe into how the contingent arrived in Meerut to take part in the "celebrations''. "If the functions are held without permission, they should be thrown out of the country,'' said Tandon.

Tandon said BJP would celebrate 'Shaurya Divas' on Monday where party leaders and workers would offer a floral tribute to the fighters and hold programmes to spread their message. He condemned the UP police chief 's reported statement that the Britons would be provided police protection during their visit.

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