SRINAGAR:  From `dhols to bacha nagama’ and from jhankar beats to cakes, BJP workers went into a frenzy to celebrate the 70th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kashmir.

Leading the charge was Islamic cleric turned BJP activist Javaid Qureshi at Handwara. Wearing chains, he led a march in Handwara to symbolize what he called freedom from slavery.  People danced to famed Kashmiri numbers as he marched through the streets. 

Folk artists presented a Bacha Nagma (Kashmir folk dance wherein a man dressed as a woman wearing langha dances to the tunes of Kashmiri songs), to enthrall the participants.

Later a grand function was organized at town hall Handwara in which several BJP activists from Handwara participated. Folk artists presented Bacha Nagma as BJP activists shook the leg to celebrate the birthday of Prime Minister.

More than 150 kilometers away in Anantnag, BJP women workers celebrated Prime Minister’s birthday with fanfare. From cutting a cake to singing `Lala Zool ha Zalyoo’, the women activists, some of them wearing the burqa, enlivened the participants.  “Modi soubs kota tama, shama rath athas keth,” young girls sang as leaders cut the cake in Anantnag.

BJP activists in Srinagar distributed fruits at Lal Ded hospital to mark the birthday of the Prime Minister. Workers presented fruit kits to patients and attendants amid health protocols

“Prime Minister Modi has freed Kashmiri people from 70 years of exploitation. Money from the Centre never reached the poor. Political leaders always looted public money. They lived a luxurious life while poor suffered,” said Moulana Javaid Qureshi, BJP leader from Handwara.

Qureshi said people participated in the programmes without any fear. “We are true followers of Islam. Our belief is complete. We do not fear anyone except Allah. People love our Prime Minister,” he said.

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