Jaipur, Aug 24: When polls are round the corner, can yatras be far behind in Rajasthan?
So both the BJP and Congress have jumped onto the yatra bandwagon, essentially to get to know the mood of the people.
So Congress today embarks on its Sankalp Yatra from Chittorgarh district, followed by similar meetings in Churu, Barmer , Karauli and Nagaur.
The Congress is expected to highlight the corruption, lawlessness, rising crime especially against women, and increasing inflation during the BJP rule and is out to prove there is no Gaurav (pride) left in the state as is being claimed by the BJP.
Interestingly, Congress will also start its yatra from Sanwaliyaji Seth temple of Krishna on Chittorgarh-Udaipur highway, in Bhadsora, about 40 km from Chittorgarh. Observers say both Congress and BJP need to fall back upon Gods to resurrect their chances in the polls.
Meanwhile , Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will resume the second leg of her yatra, called Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra from Jaisalmer’s Ramdeora temple.
The yatra is likely to wind its way through Jaisalmer, Jalore, Pali, Sirohi, Jodhpur and Barmer division.
All may not be hunky and dory for the ruling party in this division as they would have to face the question of delaying the Barmer refinery unnecessarily, the Rajput ire of the Marwar region over many issues including encounters, not making Gajendra Singh Shekhawat the party’s state president and dumping senior and now ailing leader Jaswant Singh last elections.
It is said Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh does not see eye to eye with Raje. Perhaps that is why Raje is expected to skip his constituency Sheo during her yatra. Rumours are also afloat that Manvendra Singh’s wife Chitra Singh is also likely to enter the political fray this time.