Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan‘s Jan Ashirwad Yatra, which began from Ujjain on July 14, has come to an abrupt end, said reports on Friday. The yatra was scheduled to cover all 230 Assembly constituencies in the state, but ended up covering only 187, said a report in The Indian Express.
The yatra ended at Jabalpur and the announcement about it was made by Dharmendra Pradhan who is the state in-charge for the BJP. Chouhan had reportedly done the same before the polls in 2008 and 2013 and had ended them on the birth anniversary of BJP ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay September 25.
When asked about the decision to end the yatra, the BJP said elections were approaching and the Chief Minister needed to devote time to ticket distribution. Senior BJP leader Prabhat Jha said the remaining constituencies would be covered before the elections.
However, the Congress wasn’t quite convinced and said the poor response from people was the reason for the yatra being called off. “Initially, the BJP was asking government employees, patwaris and accredited social health activists (ASHA) to attend the yatra. Once the model code of conduct came into force, these people started giving the yatra a miss due to poll duties. Also, farmers were flooding the CM with their demands and party infighting came to the fore during the yatra. All of this forced the CM to call off the yatra before it was scheduled to end,” said Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath.
Earlier this month, religious leader Swami Namdev Tyagi, popularly known as Computer Baba, who had been accorded the Minister of State (MoS) status, resigned from the state Cabinet, accusing the Chief Minister of not fulfilling his promises. Computer Baba also accused Chouhan of being a “hypocrite” and “full of deceit”. He claimed the government did little to stop illegal mining in the Narmada river and ignored his proposals on issues such as the condition of cows. The announcement of his resignation came a day after CM Chouhan announced to set up a cow ministry in the poll-bound state.