New Delhi, February 14
On the occasion of “Mahashivratri” on Wednesday, the BJP set into motion the wheels to achieve “success” in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Home Minister Rajnath Singh flagged off the “Jal Mitti Rath Yatra” from India Gate here in the Capital.
The “yatra” is a part of the eight-day mega event—the “Rashtra Raksha Mahayagya”— to be held in the precincts of the Lal Qila — the Red Fort — between March 18 and March 25.
The BJP leadership denies any political motives behind the event but effort comes ahead of key assembly elections, this year, and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
This year, the BJP will fight to retain power in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh and wrest Karnataka from the Congress.
As per Home Minister Singh, the “mahayagya” is a “unique effort for not just India but for the whole world. It is a symbol of our unity and national integration”.
BJP MP Mahesh Girri, the man behind the initiative, said the “yatra” aimed to source clay and water from different parts of the country to build the 108 “havan kunds” for the “mahayagya”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to give the first “aahuti” in the “yagna” with 2,100 priests and 51,000 participants to seek the blessings of Baglamukhi Devi.
Singh said political parties have organised many such “rath yatras” in the past, “the objective of which was either political success or personal gains”.
“However, the objective of this (Jal Mitti Rath Yatra) is solely for the prosperity of the nation and to instill positive energy across the society. This is an important step to ensure India again takes the seat of Vishwa Guru,” he said, appealing to all Indians to participate in “mahayagya”.
According to the organisers, the “largest cultural and spiritual ‘sanskritik mahotsav’ will see participation to all walks of life”. Apart from Prime Minister Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and other top leaders of the party, invitations are also being sent to President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and senior Congress leaders, including president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi.