MP Assembly polls: Congress leaders to go temple-hopping
Congress leaders would be seeking divine blessings at various temples in Madhya Pradesh in a bid to wrest power from the BJP in the state where the Assembly polls are due later this year. Congress state election campaign committee chairman, Jyotiraditya Scindia, will kick off the party's campaign from Ujjain after offering prayers at the Mahakal temple on May 11, said spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi.
"Scindia is a deeply religious person, he is going to visit many temples to seek blessings of the Almighty to overthrow the BJP government, which has been in power for over 14 years in MP," he said. Newly appointed MP Congress President, Kamal Nath, who formally took charge of the party in MP on May 1, visited Bhopal's Gufa Mandir on May 2.
Congress President chief Rahul Gandhi is also likely to start his election campaign in MP after visiting either the Mahakal temple or the Pitambara Peeth, said a party leader. Gandhi would visit some prominent Hindu temples in MP, replicating his Gujarat electioneering model, the leader said. Last month, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh completed his 3,300-km "Narmada Parikarma" along the river banks on foot.
Meanwhile, reacting to this, a BJP leader dubbed such tactics of the Congress leaders as "hypocrisy" to woo the voters, saying that the strategy won't work in the polls. "The Congress leaders' visits to temples, especially Digvijayji's Narmada yatra, is just a hypocrisy. Everyone knows that Digvijayji believes in minority appeasement," the state BJP general secretary VD Sharma said.
"The people know that the Congress leaders in MP have turned religious only to get votes. Their temple-going tactics to woo voters won't work in the forthcoming elections. They are anti-Hindu and believe in minority appeasement for votes," Sharma said.