Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday embarked on a 58-day-long ‘Gaurav Yatra’ (march of pride) from the Charbhujanath Temple in the Rajsamand district, with an eye on the State Assembly election due in December this year. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah launched a scathing attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi while flagging off the yatra.Daily questionPradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot, who has announced that he would pose one question to Ms. Raje everyday during the yatra, asked whether the BJP wanted to use temples only for getting political mileage in the elections. Congress workers also staged a protest against the yatra in Jaipur and burnt Ms. Raje’s effigy at the District Collectorate.Ms. Raje and Mr. Shah offered prayers at the temple before heading to Kankroli town where they addressed the first public meeting of the much-hyped yatra. Ms. Raje will use a modified bus as the ‘chariot’ during the onward journey, in which she will cover 165 of the 200 Assembly constituencies in the State by spending 40 days on the road. The march will culminate in Ajmer on September 30.Mr. Shah public wanted to know from Mr. Gandhi what his “last four generations” had done for the country. “There was a complete lack of development in a State like Rajasthan during the Congress rule,” he said.The BJP president claimed that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had released two-and-a-half-times more funds to Rajasthan in comparison with the previous UPA regime and brought 116 schemes for the people of the State. “Still, the Congress has the audacity to ask what the BJP has done [for you],” he told the audience drawn from the Mewar region.Mr. Shah also raked up the issue of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC), while alleging that Congress wanted to exploit the “illegal Bangladeshis” residing in India as its vote bank. “The Congress president should tell the people if Bangladeshis should continue to live in our country,” he said, and affirmed that the NDA government would “weed out every foreign national living illegally in India.”Taking strong exception to the tone and tenor of Mr. Shah’s speech, Mr. Pilot said his remarks had damaged the dignity of politics and proved that the BJP had nothing to offer to the public.
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