Delhi BJP Ropes In Ilmi, Sushil Kumar for Clean Campaign

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Delhi BJP Ropes In Ilmi, Sushil Kumar for Clean Campaign
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Delhi BJP today roped in nine prominent persons, including wrestler Sushil Kumar, former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi and Delhi University VC Dinesh Singh, for participation in 'Clean India Campaign', a vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"We have to ensure that 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' doesn't become just government's programme, instead we have to make it a people's movement and for this, we are talking to people from all walks of life, including political leaders, social workers, traders, spiritual leaders and others, for making it a success," Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said while addressing a gathering here.

"This isn't an easy task, but I am fully confident that with the support of people of India, we will make it possible till October 2, 2019. Mahatma Gandhi had also said that sanitation is more important than political freedom and that was his slogan, so we should keep our house, neighbourhood, shop clean and it is our duty. If we succeed, this will then be the ultimate tribute to him."

During the programme, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay introduced nine prominent persons of Delhi - Olympian Sushil Kumar, DU VC Dinesh Singh, Padmashree Dr KK Agarwal, former AAP leader Shazia Illmi, Katthak artiste and Padma Bhushan Uma Sharma, DCM Group MD Vinay Bharat Ram, Indian Islamic Centre's president Sirazuddin Qureshi, CAIT's general secretary Praveen Khandelwal, DUSU's president Mohit Nagar.

Naidu also said that government will be constructing crore of toilets across the country.

"We want to adopt a three-pronged approach with regard to this campaign - awareness among people, creation of infrastructure, toilets and sanitation facilities involving a private sectors in a big way. People will have to participate in this campaign in large numbers."

"This campaign should not be connected to politics. I hope all political parties will also join this programme because this is not a programme of one political party," the Minister said.

He said that these prominent leaders should also invite nine other persons to join "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan".

Without naming the AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, Naidu said that "some person is telling people to send him photos of filth and dirt. It is good, but some pictures of good work should also be highlighted by the media".

"Delhi is the Dil of India. We have to make it first clean. I also appeal to media to also publish positive reports of this campaign and also publish negative reports of dirt and filth following which it will pressurise officials, leaders to do their duties with honesty," he added.

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