The state BJP seems to be following in the footsteps of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has gifted copies of Bhagvad Gita to some foreign leaders in recent months.
The party's state unit on Thursday handed over copies of the Hindu holy book to all the workers who came to attend the two-day 'Sankalp Adhiveshan' in Bhopal.
Thousands of party workers were given a bag each, which contained a copy of Bhagvad Gita apart from Narmada water and tulsi sapling, party leaders informed.
This reflects Modi's vision of 'Swachh Bharat', as Narmada water and Tulsi sapling represent the need to care for environment, they added. Also, 'laddoos' — the prasad from the famous Mahakal temple at Ujjain - were distributed at the venue.
During the convention, a film was also screened, highlighting the success of Global Investors Summit (GIS). The workers were shown the film so that they could take the message about development, to the electorate in their respective areas, the leaders said.
The convention is being held at the BHEL dussehra ground and would end on Friday.
Congress slams Gita distribution
The Congress hit out at the ruling BJP for distributing Gita to its workers, saying the scripture was being used for political aims.
Congress' media panellist Sangeeta Sharma said the use of holy text for electoral purpose hurts the sentiments of the Hindus. Sharma alleged that it was an attempt by the BJP to ensure that the workers didn't leave the party.
"Earlier also, the BJP had misused religion and took the name of Lord Rama merely for electoral purposes. Now, it is doing the same because it is worried that the workers may leave it," she said.
The arrangement of food was made for nearly 30,000 persons; however, the workers didn't turn up in expected numbers. The empty chairs too gave the same impression. As a result, the food was excessive at the venue.
Still, party workers had to struggle to get food, when the first session ended and the announcement was made that the workers could now have their lunch.
Amit Shah to address convention today
BJP chief Amit Shah would address the concluding day of the event on Friday. The state unit of the party said Shah would arrive at Raja Bhoj airport by a special plane in the morning. He would reach the venue in the afternoon. After addressing the gathering, he would return to Delhi the same day.