Candidates now seek vote from God
Leaders throng religious places; Uma Bharati in Haridwar, Mulayam in dargaahs. Richa Srivastava reports.india Updated: Mar 03, 2012 02:08 IST
The task of seeking support of the people is over and now it is time to look to the skies for reinforcements.
However stiff an upper lip the parties might keep, as the announcement of poll results creep nearer, the search for divine intervention has begun. Trips to pilgrim centres, holy dips, yajnas, abhishek, chaadar at dargas and even tantrik rites - the political leaders of Uttar Pradesh are leaving no stone unturned.
As expected, saffron brigade top guns have already begun packing for pilgrimage. But BJP state in-charge Uma Bharati was the first off the block in this round.
As campaigning ended on Thursday, Bharati went to Haridwar to offer prayers to the Ganga and visit the ashrams and temples, said her partymen.
It is not yet known if the others plan to make a beeline for Ayodhya, but the BJP has stiff competition for the favours of Lord Ram.
Independent candidate Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya is heading for Lord Ram's abode in Chitrakoot.
"Lord Ram is my isht (God) and I always visit Chitrakoot for his blessings," he said. "I had paid a visit before the elections and now I am going for his blessings again."
Before the polls, when the nominations were announced, BJP candidate from Lucknow east, Kalraj Mishra, had visited the Balaji temple in Rajasthan's Mehandipur.
No formal declaration of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's preferences has come in yet. But the intra party buzz is that he visited Allahabad's Sangam in January for a holy dip.
But to hedge his bets, party workers claim 'Maulana Mulayam' has also offered chaadars at Muslim shrines through the poll season.
Fingers weighed down with rings set with lucky stones, some leaders are also turning to vaastu, feng shui and numerology tips.
Of course, not everyone is ready to call a spade a spade. Many term it a mode of relaxation after the rigors of the long campaign. Others claim they need ask no special favour of god.
Neeraj Bora of Congress said, "I had organised a Rudraabhishek on Mahashivratri. I have full faith in God and don't feel any need for any spiritual exercise in the final moments".