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Tableaus Depicting Widespread Corruption by BJP Government

In our series of attempts to expose the widespread corruption, compromise on national security and treacherous conduct of BJP-led NDA government, Indian Youth Congress had prepared two tableaus on 18th April, 2001.

One tableau depicted the trial scene and deposition of Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee dated 6th Sept. 1942, where he had deposed against two freedom fighters, namely Shri Leela Dhar Vajpayee and Shri Mahua, accused by British government of unfurling the Indian tri-colour on a forest department guest house after removing the British flag leading to their conviction and rigorous imprisonment for a period of five years. Second tableau depicted all pervading corruption in Shri Vajpayee's court and S/Shri Ranjan Bhattacharya, Brijesh Mishra, N.K.Singh, George Fernandes, Bangaru Laxman and Smt. Jaya Jaitley etc. Youth Congress volunteers were wearing masks of these persons depicting the scenes on two tableaus.

In a patently fascist manner symbolic of RSS's brand of thinking, about 1000 police personnel including hourse-riders, CRPF, PAC etc., laid a total seize of IYC headquarters at 5, Raisina Road, New Delhi. Both the ends of Raisina Road were sealed by the police as also the gates of IYC headquarters were sealed. We were told that under instructions of Home Ministry, no tableau depicting Shri Vajpayee could be taken out or demonstrated in the public.

Large number of Youth Congress volunteers, IYC office bearers and president Shri Randeep Singh Surjewala then held a gate-meeting and proceeded to march outside the IYC. In their usual autocratic manner, light lathi-charge was used without provocation and hundreds of Youth Congress workers including the IYC President Shri Randeep Singh Surjewala were arrested and detained for the whole day. This novel protest was however, well covered by the media.

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