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Raje to begin second leg of Gaurav Yatra from Jaisalmer on Aug 24

Raje will hold public meetings at 20 places in 33 assembly constituencies of Jodhpur division covering Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Pali, Sirohi, Jalore and districts and will travel 1,285 km.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2018 10:10 IST
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Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje was scheduled to begin the second leg of the yatra in Bharatpur division on August 16, 17, 19 and 20. However, the party decided to postpone the Bharatpur leg of the yatra after the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.(PTI/File Photo)

Amid threats of opposition from various groups, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje will begin the second leg of her Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra from Jaisalmer on August 24.

Raje will fly from Jaipur to Jaisalmer on the morning of August 24 and begin her yatra with a public meeting in Jaisalmer after which she will visit the Ramdevra temple in Pokran and address a public meeting there, BJP spokesperson Vimal Katiyar said.

The second phase of the yatra will be held from August 24 to September 2. Raje will hold public meetings at 20 places in 33 assembly constituencies of Jodhpur division covering Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Pali, Sirohi, Jalore and districts and will travel 1,285 km.

The yatra will have a three-day break August 26-28, Katiyar said.

On August 24 and 25, the yatra will cover constituencies in Jaisalmer and Jodhpur districts.

On August 29, it will travel between Pali and and Sirohi districts. On August 30, the yatra will pass through constituencies in Sirohi district and will cover constituencies in Jalore district on August 31.

On September 1 and 2, it will travel through Barmer district and return to Jodhpur on September 2 evening. Interestingly the yatra is covering six of seven constituencies in Barmer leaving out Sheo which is represented by BJP MLA Manvendra Singh, and son of senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh.

Raje was scheduled to begin the second leg of the yatra in Bharatpur division on August 16, 17, 19 and 20. However, the party decided to postpone the Bharatpur leg of the yatra after the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Sources said the decision was also influenced by threats of opposition to the yatra by the Gurjar community.

BJP national president Amit Shah had flagged off Raje’s poll yatra from Charbhuja temple in Rajsamand district on August 4. The yatra from August 4 to 10 covered 23 assembly constituencies in Udaipur division.

Gaurav sabhas in left out constituencies in October

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje will hold Gaurav Sabhas in October in assembly constituencies that are left out during the Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra.

An official release said that apart from Raje, national leaders of the BJP would also take part in theses sabhas. Since the sabhas will take place at the divisional headquarters, no sabha has been scheduled at the divisional headquarters during the yatra.

The release also said that Gaurav sabhas would be held in all those assembly constituencies that are left out of the route of the Gaurav yatra. Raje will address these sabhas which will be held in October, the release said.

The Gaurav Yatra is scheduled to cover 165 constituencies.

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 04:55 IST