The Pink City of Jaipur turned saffron on Monday once Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje arrived in a show of support to BJP candidate from Jaipur Lok Sabha seat Ramcharan Bohra.
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje at the roadshow in Jaipur, on Monday. (Prabahakar Sharma/HT Photo)
The walled city is considered to be the bastion of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Raje started her roadshow after offering prayers at Govind Devji temple at 10.30am. Dressed in a sari and wearing a saffron and green cap, she mounted an open jeep and the caravan set towards Jhulelal temple at Kanwar Nagar. From here, the CM went to Kale Hanuman at Chandi Ki Taksal.
Along with Raje and Bohra, were BJP state president Ashok Parnami and Kishanpole MLA Mohan Lal Gupta. In a show of unity, all party MLAs —Ghanshyam Tiwari, Narpat Singh Rajvi, Kalicharan Saraf, Surendra Pareek — were present at the roadshow.
The caravan reached Badi Chaupar, passing through Johari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Chaura Rasta, Choti Chaupar, Kishanpole Bazaar, Indira Bazaar, Khajanewalon Ka Rasta, Chanpole Bazar, and ended its journey at Hanuman temple near Chanpole Gate.
Throughout the route, flowers were showered on Raje and her fleet. Hundreds of people had gathered on the roads just to catch a glimpse.
Various vyapar mandals and social organisations had set up stages at 35 places to felicitate the chief minister. People shouted pro-BJP slogans, crackers were burst and bands played music at various places. There was a general mood of festivity all around.
The roadshow also disturbed the routine of many people as traffic was diverted. The buses and mini buses were not allowed to ply within the walled city during the event. Prem Devi, a resident of Shastri Nagar who visits the Govind Devji temple every day, had to get down at Chandpole Gate. “I had to take a rickshaw and reach the temple,” she said.
One Gopa Ram, 43, a resident of the walled city, said, “If the BJP had fielded the right candidate then there would have been no need to do this.”
Echoed resident Babu Lal, “Raje had taken out a similar road show in 2004 in support of then MP candidate Girdhari Lal Bhargava, as his position was little unstable. That year the Congress fielding Pratap Singh Khachariawas. That time too, it was the same route.”