ON A day when Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s rath broke down, BJP leaders conducted a puja for a yatra of their own, the first of four being planned during the next one week.
BJP president Amit Shah will flag off a Parivartan Yatra each from Saharanpur on November 5, Jhansi on November 6, Sonbhadra on November 8 and Ballia on November 9. On December 24, all four yatras will culminate in Lucknow, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally.
During the yatras, Modi will address one public meeting each in six regions, while Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be present at the flagging off in Jhansi, Sonbhadra and Ballia.
Before the yatras, BJP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya and Parivartan Yatra convener Mahendra Singh flagged off the raths for Saharanpur from the party state headquarters Thursday.
The GPRS-enabled, motorised vehicles carry photographs of Modi, Shah and Union ministers Rajnath, Kalraj Mishra and Uma Bharti besides Maurya.
The yatras will go out with the slogan ‘Poorna bahumat, sampoorn vikas, Bhajapaa par vishwas (full majority, complete development, faith in BJP)’, Union Minister Ravishankar Prasad and party general secretary Bhupendra Yadav announced Thursday.
The four yatras will cover a combined 17,000 km touching all 403 assembly constituencies. Of the public meetings planned in nearly 380 constituencies, 36 will be major meetings that will be addressed by Union ministers and other central leaders.
Party spokesperson Chandra Mohan said the party has deputed nearly 10,000 ‘parivartan saarthis’ to organise crowds.
Nearly 50,000 ‘parivartan chaupals’ will be held where MPs, MLAs and other senior leaders will interact with the public and highlight the achievements of the Narendra Modi government.
Youth workers have been asked to take out bike rallies that will follow the yatras. Events during the yatras will be updated live on social media.
Each air-conditioned rath can seat 15 people and is equipped with hydraulic elevator, besides arrangements for a meeting inside.
At least 15 four-wheelers will accompany each rath, Maurya said, adding the yatras will be given a reception at more than 4,500 places.
When Amit Shah flags off the first leg, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Maurya, BJP’s UP in-charge Om Mathur, Union ministers Kalraj Mishra and Sanjeev Balyan and MP Hukum Singh will be president.