Rajnath Singh to participate in Shaheed Samman Yatra in Uttarakhand bound for the polls on October 24.
Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Uttarakhand on October 24 to participate in Shaheed Samman Yatra. The union minister will launch the yatra from the Kumaon region.
Uttarakhand Soldiers’ Welfare Minister Ganesh Joshi met with Singh and Defense Chief of Staff Bipin Rawat on Friday. When asked if yatra had been scheduled before the assembly elections for electoral gains, Joshi said it was planned in advance and is based on a suggestion from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The BJP does nothing for political gains. We respect the martyrs. Prime Minister Modi, when he arrived in Uttarakhand, spoke about the fifth Dham in the state, as every fifth member of the army managing the border is from our state. We will eliminate Shaheed Samman Yatra from Garhwal on October 21 and from Kumaon on October 24, “Joshi said.
“Up to 1,734 families have been contacted. We will visit them and remove land from their home to use in the Dham. Rajnath Singh will launch the yatra on October 24 in the Kumaon region,” he added.
The BJP hopes to reach out to the voters of every village through the yatra to honor families who have lost their members in the service of the nation. There are an estimated 4 lakh of ‘fauji’ voters in Uttarakhand, which is a significant number considering the population of the state.
In response to the performance of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) in the polls, Joshi said that “AAP is not relevant in the state.”
“Kejriwal had raised doubts about the army during the surgical strikes. People will not take him seriously,” he said. The state is scheduled to hold a general election in early 2022.
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