BJP plans temple runs of top leaders on Guru Purnima.
On Saturday at Guru Purnima, BJP leaders from Uttar Pradesh will visit the temples and mathematics in Uttarakhand to honor the priests and gurus and seek their blessings. The state party leadership has also directed district units to list all the temples and math in their areas for top leaders to visit.
However, the party sought to disassociate visits to the temple from the next Assembly elections. BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said: “Outside of politics, the BJP is steadfast in fulfilling its social responsibility to preserve our cultural and spiritual heritage. ”
However, party members said that ‘Guru Purnima Mahotsav’ has been scheduled to send some political messages before next year’s elections. Since most of the priests and gurus in these temples and mathematics are Brahmins, the Mahotsav could be the BJP’s way of stealing a march on its rivals, the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party, and the Congress to reach out to the community.
Second, the priests and seers at these shrines have devotees everywhere, and honoring them could translate into vows.