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Indian Association Apologises for ‘Bulldozer Rally’ in Independence Day Celebrations in New Jersey

| Updated: September 5, 2022 14:32

In the aftermath of pictures and videos of a bulldozer decorated with posters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath going viral during the celebration of 75 years of Independence in New Jersey, US, the organisers have issued an apology.

“Our parade should never be about politics and should never include these blatant divisive symbols… We hereby make the commitment that we will not allow these symbols in the future,” Chandrakant Patel, President of the Indian Business Association, Inc, New Jersey said in a statement.

As India celebrated 75 years of Independence, a Tiranga rally was carried out by the Indian-origin people in New Jersey. During the event, a bulldozer was decorated with pictures of the Indian PM and the UP CM. The Yatra video was posted on Twitter with the caption, “Bulldozer rally in Asian Township New Jersey USA which is baba with bulldozer.”

The video shows the bulldozer driving around the streets of New Jersey. The streets of New Jersey echoed with the slogans of ‘CM Yogi Zindabad’ and ‘Bulldozer Baba Zindabad’.

After being shared online, the video went viral.

Some including the Indian American Muslim Council and CAIR New Jersey however took a dim view of the situation, condemning the use of a bulldozer at the India Independence Day parade.

Marching with these symbolic bulldozers, they contended, was a show of support for “forced homelessness and mass violence against a vulnerable minority”. They also urged the Mayors of Edison and Woodbridge townships as well as New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin who joined the parade to “condemn these acts of hatred”.

“This week, our offices met with leaders and members of New Jersey’s South Asian community who were angered and deeply hurt by the inclusion of a bulldozer in the India Day Parade in Edison last month,” senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker said in a joint statement.

“The bulldozer has come to be a symbol of intimidation against Muslims and other religious minorities in India, and its inclusion in this event was wrong,” they said in their joint statement.

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