Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach Malaseri in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan on Saturday on the 1111th birth anniversary of Lord Dev Narayan. Although this yatra has been organized by the Ministry of Culture, political significance is also being extracted from this yatra, which is being held 10 months before the assembly elections in the state. Malassery is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Dev Narayan, who is revered by people living in the region, especially Gujjars, who have been a major source of support for both the Congress and the BJP. Before the assembly elections, both the parties are trying hard to get their support.
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In the last election, BJP had given ticket to 9 people of Gujjar community, but all these elections were lost due to the community’s vote shifting towards Congress in the hope that Sachin Pilot would become the first Gujjar Chief Minister of Rajasthan. However, this hope later turned to water and PM Modi’s visit appears to be a political bet of the BJP to make Gurjars reach the bank through a religious program. BJP’s Rajasthan unit president Satish Poonia told NewsBust, “The prime minister has started several projects for the restoration of religious and cultural sites like the Vishwanath temple in Kashi and the Mahakal temple in Ujjain. Hope something is done for the Dev Narayan temple as well.” Know. We should not see everything through ‘political glasses’.”
Gujjars constitute about 9 percent to 12 percent of the state’s population and have a significant influence on 40 to 50 assembly seats in eastern Rajasthan. Gujjars have launched violent protests for reservation in the past and recently threatened to block Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra from entering the state. Speaking to NewsBust at Dev Narayan Mandir, Vijay Bainsla said, “What happened last time will not happen again. Last time Gujjars were defeated and now they have learned their lesson. Definitely we need Gujjar MLAs. Gujjars around 40 Let’s affect the seats, let’s see what the effect is.” Significantly, after the death of father Colonel Kirori Singh, Vijay Bainsla has taken command of the Gujjar reservation movement. He said, Sachin Pilot is a personal factor and it cannot be repeated in every election.
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