Union home minister Amit Shah landed in Patna on Saturday to kick off his day-long tour of Bihar. He was scheduled to attend a programme to honour Veer Kunwar Singh, the man who died in the 1857 revolt. The programme is part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ being observed all over the country to mark the 75th anniversary of the country’s freedom.
The home minister’s special aircraft touched down at Jayprakash Narayan International airport today. The chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, the state BJP president, Sanjay Jaiswal, several cabinet ministers, and other dignitaries were present to receive him at the airport.
After his arrival in Patna, he boarded a helicopter and left for Bhojpur, where the programme on Veer Kunwar Singh is to be held.
The BJP has been planning to make history by breaking the Guinness Book of World Records as more than 75,000 people will simultaneously wave the national flag at the venue. The record is currently held by Pakistan. Over 56,000 people in the neighbouring country waved their national flag in 2004.
Jaiswal had earlier said that Veer Kunwar Singh, the king of Jagdishpur, did not believe in caste-based discrimination and had given his life for the integration of the country.
Veer Kunwar Singh fought valiantly against the English in the 1857 revolt. He fought till the end and never surrendered to the white men. Therefore, Kunwar Singh’s name is taken with respect.