Political parties indulge in letter war, seek divine blessings and intervention

BJP national president Amit Shah and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan performed a pooja at Mahakal temple at Ujjain on July 14 apparently to seek divine blessings for the party’s victory in the elections

bhopal Updated: Jul 18, 2018 21:30 IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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The ruling party and the Opposition indulge in a letter war and seek divine blessings and intervention to outdo each other in the state assembly elections which are to be held in November.

BJP national president Amit Shah and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan performed a pooja at Mahakal temple at Ujjain on July 14 apparently to seek divine blessings for the party’s victory in the elections.

Chouhan set out on his two-month long Jan Ashirvad Yatra on the day to cover all the 230 assembly constituencies in the state and seek blessings of people (Jan ashirvad) for the elections.

Ahead of the Jan Ashirvad Yatra state Congress president Kamal Nath sent a letter to Mahakal temple addressed to Lord Mahakal saying that Chouhan was supposed to lead another Jan Ashirvad Yatra after seeking His blessings as he had done five years back, to mislead voters.

He said in the letter farmers in Madhya Pradesh were committing suicide burdened with debt and losses in farming. Youths were unemployed and committing suicide. Innocent girls were facing crimes despite Chouhan calling himself ‘Mama’ (maternal uncle) of girls. Criminals involved in Vyapam scam went scot free but young candidates and their relatives were sent to jails. The state was pushed into a state of indebtedness but there was massive corruption in the state and huge expenditure was incurred by the state government on branding and publicity of the CM. Illegal mining had perforated Narmada river.

Kamal Nath concluded his one-page letter saying, “Those who betrayed people are reaching your door once again. This is not the time for blessing but award punishment (to them) for betrayal and misdeeds. Now, kindly shower blessings on people of Madhya Pradesh to get rid of Shivraj government’s misrule.”

This letter has followed an anonymous letter doing the rounds on social media, written on behalf of Nandi, the sacred bull who is supposed to be gatekeeper and vehicle (vaahan) of Lord Shiva, and addressed to Kamal Nath.

Nandi in the letter says he read out the letter to Lord Shiva but he had decided to give his blessings to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for welfare of people of Madhya Pradesh.

State Congress media in charge Manak Agrawal said the Nandi letter was nothing but a creation of the BJP’s propaganda department. Such anonymous letters was a dirty weapon of the BJP to deflect attention of people from the real issues which the state Congress president Kamal Nath had underlined in his letter.

State BJP vice-president Vijesh Lunawat said if anybody had betrayed anybody then it’s Kamal Nath who had betrayed Congress leaders and workers by indulging in such a theatric like writing the letter to Lord Mahakal instead of leading the party and be among the party workers.

He said Kamal Nath didn’t have any issue to raise. That’s why he wrote the letter to Lord Mahakal. Congressmen hoped that he would lead the party from the front that he was mostly seen either in the Congress office or Chhindwara, his home turf, in the past more than two months since he assumed his office at Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC).

First Published: Jul 18, 2018 21:30 IST