Call it a coincidence that two erstwhile Maharanis – former chief minister Vasundhara Raje and erstwhile Maharani of Jodhpur Hemlata Rajye – set off to a temple yatra on the same day. While Raje's yatra was only a day long, Hemlata's yatra will be completed in 9 days.
Raje visited three temples – Charbhuja and Nathdwara in Rajsamand and Tripur Sundari in Banswara – in a day while Hemlata is headed to Baba Ram Dev temple in Pokaran, 180 kms from Jodhpur. Travelling on foot, she will complete the yatra in nine days walking 20 kms per day.
Raje embarked on temple yatra a day before the launch of BJP's parivartan yatra where she has to be a part along with senior BJP leaders including national president J P Nadda, defence minister Rajnath Singh and senior state party functionaries. In the run up to the elections, Raje is known to start her campaign from Charbhuja. Even yesterday she visited Charbhuja first.
“This is not something new. Before any big thing, I come here and I get blessings. And when we get divine blessings and love from public, victory is certain,” said Raje during her temple visit.
About Raje's sudden temple run a day before party's official parivartan yatra, union minister and stat election incharge Pralhad Joshi said that former chief minister conducted temple yatra to pray for the success of parivartan yatra.
“I have heard about Raje's religious trips. As much as I know, the aim of this yatra is to pray for success of upcoming yatra,” he told The BuckStopper.
While Raje's religious yatra had political overtones, Hemlalta Rajye's temple yatra is completely social. The aim of this yatra is to pray for prosperity, peace and happiness in the country. She is being accompanied by hundreds of women who have logged on to registrations which have staretd seven days before the yatra.
“We don't have any other mission. This has been carried out purely to spread brotherhood among people. We will also plant trees every day wherever we will camp for the night,” said Hemlata Rajye.
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