On 16th February 2017, we published a post titled “Dear Bajrang Dalwalon, look at this cute Valentine’s Day celebration in a BJP office. Make love, not war.” In that post, we shared a video by a Facebook user which was that of a party at Valentine’s Day Celebration at BJP Office in Mira Bhayandar. We appealed to the folks in Bajrang Dal to take inspiration from their ideological brother BJP and stop terrorising couples in the name of culture. The video can be seen below:
Valentine’s Day Celebration at BJP Office in Mira Bhayandar
Posted by Alt News on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
However, instead of Bajrang Dal taking inspiration, it seems BJP has taken offence to its own cadre having some fun. According to a report by Hindustan Times, 8 of the people seen in the above video were asked to resign. The report states:
Eight Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers, including both men and women, were asked to resign after a video of them dancing together on Bollywood songs at the BJP office in Mira Road went viral on social media. The video was recorded while the partymen were celebrating Valentine’s Day and the birthday of one of the p[arty members — Sonia Nayak. The entire Mira Road office has been shut down after video gained popularity on social media.
The report quotes BJP MLA Narendra Nath. He stated:
This is not the first time that a party member’s birthday has been celebrated in the office, but dancing to film songs is an act of indiscipline and we have decided to take strict action as the party will not tolerate such acts. I have asked the 8 members to submit their resignations and we will present the same to my senior leaders to take action. I have also ordered for the closure of the Mira Road office.
While the intention of the article that we wrote was to spread a positive message of love and liberalism, BJP has instead reacted according to their basal instincts of conservatism and thus strengthening the extreme right wing elements in the Sangh.