BJP begins 'Ramshila rath yatra' in Madhya Pradesh just ahead of by-elections
BHOPAL: The BJP has launched 'Ram Shila Rath Yatra' that would be taken out in in the State.
The first such 'Rath Yatra' took off in Surkhi constituency in Sagar, today.
The 'silver shilas' in the specially made chariot was set off today. Transport minister Govind Rajput was present on the occasion.
Criss-crossing the rural areas of the constituency, these 'rath yatras' would later take the 'shilas' (bricks) to Ayodhya for the construction of the Ram Temple. Rajput told media persons that it was heartening that the ram shila pujan was taking place, and these shilas would later be handed to the temple trust.
Several chariots will take the 'shilas' in directions and there would be proper rituals. Also, the leaders say that proper caution is being taken and they will be following physical distancing norms in accordance with the guidelines (due to Coronavirus). The bypolls are expected soon.
The party leaders, however, say that it should not be linked to the elections, and there is no direction from the party in this regard, but this was about public sentiment, construing that local leaders may take it out on their own because the citizens want to be part of the construction of temple.
In all, 27 seats would go to polls. BJP needs to win barely 1/3rd of them, to gain a simple majority. For Congress, it's a tough task, because it has barely 89 seats in the Assembly now, following the defections that led to the collapse of the Kamal Nath government, earlier this year.