Ekta Yatra (English : National Integration rally) is being led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing national president and Lok Sabha MP Anurag Thakur. It is also called Tiranga Yatra by some news agencies. The rally started from Kolkata, West Bengal on January 12. As per plan the BJP rally travelled through Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana. It was also planned to end the rally on January 26 after unfurling the Tiranga at Lal Chowk, Srinagar. However, it did not happen as the BJP leaders were arrested and not allowed to enter Kashmir.
Bending to separatists
Both Central and State Governments did all they can to prevent tricolor being unfurled, which was seen as bending to separatists.
Government took action that has never been seen or heard before in independent India: on orders of Home Minister, a special train carrying 1500 BJP workers from Karnataka to Delhi was silently reversed when the BJP workers were sleeping in the night.^^¨¨