Buoyed by the success of the recently concluded Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) meeting in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank is now getting ready for the second leg of his Vikas Yatra (development tour) in August.
Vikas Yatra was initiated by the CM with the idea of taking stock of development works implemented by his government.
"Vikas Yatra is beneficial since it's an opportunity to connect with the public without any hurdles. It is also a litmus test for the government machinery since people give feedback on schemes unhesitatingly," Nishank told HT.
Out of 70 assembly constituencies, Nishank has already covered 45 segments. The rest of the constituencies will be covered next month.
The recently concluded party meeting was attended by a number of senior party leaders, including state election in-charge Rajnath Singh and former chief ministers BS Koshyari and BC Khanduri.
Singh urged leaders to shed their differences and back Nishank as "winning polls is crucial for the party in Uttarakhand".
The state is poised for assembly elections in less than a year.
The government is also planning to connect with the villages through chaupals (village level meeting).
"The BJP government has earmarked 670 villages as Atal Adarsh villages which would be covered during the Vikas Yatra," added Nishank.
The CM said the first phase of the yatra will be completed by September end and after that he will launch a follow-up yatra.