From visiting temples to performing shani puja, top candidates of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress are all geared up for the counting day and will seek divine blessings for favourable outcome of the polls.
Ajay Bhatt, Leader of Opposition and state BJP president, will be visiting the famous Chitai Golu Devta Temple in Almora before rushing off for the counting centre. A religious man, Bhatt will also perform shani puja at his residence seeking divine blessings.
“I visit the temple before any crucial day in my life and on March 11, I will be doing the same,” he told Hindustan Times.
Another BJP veteran, Trivendra Singh Rawat, who contested from Doiwala assembly seat and a forerunner for the chief ministerial candidate of the party, will also pray before leaving his house. “I will pray to god and shani dev, seeking their blessings. After breakfast with my team, I will reach the counting centre to witness the process,” he said.
Yashpal Arya and his son Sanjeev, both new entrants into the BJP, will also pray to god before they start their day.
Younger candidates of the party, however, are as religious as their older counterparts. Instead of seeking divine blessings, Saurabh Bahuguna– son of former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna– who joined the BJP, last May, will seek the blessings from his parents instead.
“They (my parents) are my god. I will do charan sparsh (touch their feet) as they mean the world to me,” he said.
For Ritu Khanduri-the “star daughter” of former chief minister and parliamentarian from Pauri, BC Khanduri–the counting day will be just like any other that starts with her usual morning prayers. “It will be like any other day for me as I usually start my day with prayers that I will do on March 11 too,” she said.
Congress legislator and state finance minister Indira Hridyesh, who won with a large margin of 23,548 votes in the last elections, will also pray to god before leaving for the counting centre. “I will pray to god, who has blessed me and will continue to do so. I will also pray for my supporters who stood by me through thick and thin,” she said.
Suryakant Dhasmana, Congress candidate from Dehradun Cantt seat, will pray for at least an hour before leaving his house. “I will wake up early to exercise and I will pray for at least an hour,” he said.
Mantri Prasad Naithani, who contested from the Deoprayag seat and Pritam Singh from Chakrata, too will offer prayers before leaving their residences to monitor the counting process.