A day before the BJP launches the ‘Parivartan Yatra’ in Rajasthan, former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will visit several temples as part of a day-long religious tour on Friday.
Travelling by helicopter, Raje will first visit the Charbhuja Nath temple in Rajsamand district in the morning. After this, Raje will visit two more temples — Nathdwara temple in Rajsamand district and then Tripura Sundari temple in Banswara.
From Banswara, Raje will fly down to Kota, where she will pay her condolences to a recently-deceased relative of former MLA Prahlad Gunjal, who is her staunch supporter.
“She routinely goes on temple visits and the tour on Friday is also in the same sequence. Raje will be present at Sawai Madhopur on Saturday when the Parivartan Yatra is launched by party president JP Nadda,” said a source in the Raje camp.
Notably, in the past, when she was declared the party’s chief ministerial candidate, Raje had kicked off her election yatras from Charbhuja Nath temple in 2003, 2013 and 2018.
However, the difference this year is the fact that while the BJP will be launching the first part of its ‘Parivartan Yatra’ from Sawai Madhopur district on Saturday, the party has not declared any one face as its chief ministerial candidate. The four ‘Parivartan Yatras’, to be launched between September 2 and 5, are meant to cover all the 200 Assembly seats and close to 9,000 km across the state.
The four parts of the ambitious yatra will be launched from the Trinetra Ganesh Temple in Sawai Madhopur by JP Nadda on September 2; Beneshwar Dham in Dungarpur by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on September 3 which will cover 52 constituencies in Udaipur and Kota divisions and Bhilwara district in 19 days; Ramdevra Temple in Jaisalmer by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on September 4 in which fifty-one constituencies of Jodhpur division, Ajmer and Nagaur districts will be covered in 18 days; and Gogamedi in Hanumangarh by Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on September 5 whcih will cover 50 constituencies in Bikaner division, Jhunjhunu, Sikar and Alwar districts in 18 days.
While the state BJP refrained from commenting on Raje’s temple tour, the former CM has, in recent times, gone on temple visits, titled ‘Dev Darshan Yatras’, as occasions to mobilise her supporters across the state.
Between the end of September to October 15 last year, Raje had visited the Arbuda Mata temple in Mount Abu, Tripura Sundari temple in Banswara, Amba Mata temple in Gujarat, Sunda Mata temple in Bhinmal, Shri Pitambara Peeth in Madhya Pradesh, Karni Mata temple in Deshnok, Nagmechi Mata temple in Bikaner, Shila Mata temple in Amer and the Shakambhari Mata temple in the Shekhawati region.
When asked about Raje’s Dev Darshan Yatras, BJP Rajasthan in-charge (prabhari) Arun Singh, while rubbishing reports of divisions within the Rajasthan BJP, had last year said that Raje was a public leader and it was natural for people to assemble when she goes for such trips. —With PTI inputs