Pre-poll activities in Rajasthan are gathering pace with both the ruling Congress and the main Opposition BJP announcing plans for yatras here on Sunday.
The yatras will cover all 200 constituencies with the BJP set to begin each phase from a famous temple.
The Congress will fire up its poll vehicle on March 30, which happens to be Rajasthan Diwas, the State’s foundation day, in 33 districts, according to Pradesh Congress Committee president Chandrabhan.
Spearheading the three-month yatra will be Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik, besides Mr. Chandrabhan.
Together, they will tour the State, spreading awareness of, and taking public feedback on, the State’s and the Centre’s flagship schemes.
Mr. Chandrabhan said the party would celebrate March 30 as Rajasthan Development Day in view of the government’s successful development initiatives, notably the Barmer refinery.
The BJP will begin the first phase of its 13,500-km Suraj Sankalp Yatra from the Charbhuja temple at Udaipur on April 4, under the aegis of State president Vasundhara Raje.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s State working committee, which concluded here on Saturday.
Through the seven-phase campaign, the BJP plans to sensitise the people to the “shortcomings” of the Congress governments in the State and at the Centre, highlighting unemployment, poverty, the rising incidence of crime against women, agricultural distress and Naxalism.
“Constant updates on the daily activities of the yatra will be posted on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter,” BJP spokesperson Kailash Nath Bhatt said.
All the phases of the yatra, being organised by party MP Bhupendra Yadav, will begin from well-known temples and centres of pilgrimage. The Keshavrai Patan Jain temple at Kota, Ganapati temple at Ranthambhore, Diggy Kalyanji temple at Ajmer, Vishnoi pilgrimage Mukaam at Nokha, Ramdeora, a centre of pilgrimage near Pokharan, and the Khatushaymji temple in Jaipur are the places chosen, apart from Charbhuja, for the yatra’s launch.
Congress, BJP announce plans for yatras