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‘Where UP meets Rajasthan’: PM Modi at Mathura for Mirabai function ahead of polls | Political Pulse News

“Braj is where UP meets Rajasthan, and Mathura is a mark of recognition for Bharat.”

So began Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as he addressed the crowd at the ‘Mirabai Janmotsav’ in Mathura Thursday, moments after releasing a commemorative stamp dedicated to Mirabai along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and UP Governor Anandiben Patel, with Mathura MP Hema Malini also on the stage.

The event, marking the 525th birth anniversary of medieval Bhakti saint and Krishna devotee Mirabai, came two days ahead of polling in neighbouring Rajasthan. The PM also paid obeisance at the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in Mathura during his visit.

Two Rajasthan districts bordering UP, Bharatpur and Dholpur, are part of the Braj belt, which has Mathura at the core of it. The region also has a rich tradition of medieval Bhakti poetry, particularly Mirabai’s.

Modi drew on both the UP-Rajasthan ties to Lord Krishna, as well as Gujarat’s. “This is no normal place… in every grain of soil, there is Krishna. There is another reason why I was excited to visit Mathura, its connection with Gujarat. Krishna went to Gujarat to build Dwarka. Mirabai led the latter part of her life in Dwarka.”

Festive offer

The PM also hinted at the Krishna Janmabhoomi demand, part of the RSS’s original temple agenda apart from Varanasi and Ayodhya. “Many are trying to strip Braj of its divinity,” he said. “In Kashi, there is Vishwanath Dham. In Ujjain, there’s Mahakaal. In Ayodhya, a temple is coming up in the name of our Lord. Sure, Mathura won’t be left behind.”

Of the total 11 Assembly constituencies in Bharatpur and Dholpur – 7 and 4, respectively – the BJP had just won 1, Dholpur, in 2018. Seven of the seats had gone to the Congress, 2 to the BSP and 1 to the RLD.

This time, as part of its alliance with the RLD, the Congress has given it just 1 seat across the state, Bharatpur, where Subhash Garg is in the fray. Both Bharatpur in Rajasthan and Mathura in UP have a significant number of Jats, the RLD’s core caste vote base. Besides, the Yadavs, who are Krishna devotees, also have a presence in some areas of Rajasthan, particularly around Alwar, bordering Haryana.

Mirabai, who was commemorated Thursday, is held in high regard across Rajasthan. She is believed to have been born to a Rathore Rajput royal family in Pali, and brought up in Merta, both in Rajasthan.

BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli said no political connection should be made to the visit. “The Prime Minister is attending a programme at Krishna Bhoomi, Mathura, which is in Uttar Pradesh, and there is no election in UP. This is the 525th birth anniversary of Mirabai, who was a great Krishna Bhakti saint. Should this event and historical date be ignored?”

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