Jaipur: While announcing details of party’s State president Vasundhara Raje’s yatra, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday took potshots at the ruling Congress government and the Congress’ ongoing Sandesh Yatra led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Bhupendra Yadav, Rajya Sabha MP and convener of Ms. Raje’s Suraj Sankalp Yatra, laid out a broad itinerary of the yatra at the party headquarters here.
While doing this, he also found time to attack the Congress’ Sandesh Yatra, saying it had failed to capture popular imagination with even AICC members and UPA Cabinet Ministers being conspicuous by their absence.
The BJP yatra will be inaugurated by BJP national president Rajnath Singh on Thursday from the famous Charbhuja temple near Udaipur and will end at Jaipur on July 21.
The first phase of the Yatra, from April 4 to 16, will cover six districts of the Udaipur division clocking 1380 km.
It will feature 35 major public meetings.
The second phase, starting later this month from Kota, will cover 800 km across 17 Assembly constituencies in the Hadoti region with 19 major public meetings.
Bikaner, Jodhpur, Ajmer and Bharatpur will be covered in May, June and July.
Mr. Yadav accused Mr. Gehlot of using “uncivilised” language against Ms. Raje in speeches made during the Congress Yatra and said it showed the Chief Minister’s attitude towards women.
He also said the Congress Yatra was a failed project as not even the party leaders were interested in it.
“Mr. Gehlot tried to bring senior AICC leaders to his Yatra but nobody came, which shows nobody, not even the AICC, is interested in it. None of the senior AICC leaders or Ministers in the UPA government came to attend the Yatra,” Mr. Yadav said.
Union Minister Namo Narayan Meena was in Rajasthan when the Yatra started and yet he did not care to attend it, he said.
“Similarly, other Union Cabinet members belonging to Rajasthan, like Sachin Pilot and Chandresh Kumari Katoch, also did not care to attend,” said Mr. Yadav.
He further said the State government had no vision or imagination as the Congress even “stole” the slogan of bringing in a “New Rajasthan” which was first given by Ms. Raje during a public meeting last month.
Referring to the allegations of the State government granting favours to Priyanka Gandhi's husband Robert Vadra, Mr. Yadav said the Congress government's top priority was “family welfare”.