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Ujjain: Government machinery continues to work overtime for Jan ashirwad yatra, albeit behind curtains


Ujjain: Government machinery that had been brazenly and openly working overtime to ensure success of ‘jan ashirwad yatra’ on Friday suddenly changed its stance. As such officials went in the background but continued to work for the success of the yatra.

On visiting the venue of jan ashirwad yatra sabha at Nanakheda Stadium on Friday afternoon, the Free Press team found that despite adverse weather conditions the preparations were complete. In the night, Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar, state BJP president Rakesh Singh, organising general secretary Subhas Bhagat, home and transport minister and district in-charge Bhupendra Singh and others reviewed the preparations. However, heavy downpour that started at 10pm and was continuing till the filing of the report added to their worries.

About 400 local BJP men have been deployed for various arrangements. About 1000 BJP functionaries and peoples’ representatives are expected to arrive in the city for the event. Local party managers were more worried about managing the audience. Though the party has avoided making any high claims, plans are afoot to bring at least one lakh people from Ujjain and Indore divisions.

On the eve of the event focus shifted on providing buses to bring the audience. Buses and other vehicles have been provided in about 65 assembly segments of two divisions. According to sources, all road transportation officers (RTOs) were been asked to acquire public transport buses as well as school and college buses. They have also issued temporary transport permits. That’s why Bhupendra Singh was personally monitoring the situation by camping in Ujjain for the last four days.

However, on Friday transportation officers started pleading that they had nothing to do with buses etc. However, on visiting Bharatpuri located RTO office, the correspondent found that temporary transport permits were issued to nearly 800 buses and 200 magic vehicles for 7 assembly constituencies of Ujjain district. Sources said that decision to acquire school and college buses has been revoked and instead 400 empty buses were brought from Bhopal to compensate the required numbers.

On being asked, deputy transport commissioner MP Singh denied that they were involved in arrangements for the yatra. He claimed that neither they were acquiring any bus nor any demand was made to avail buses nor any fund was available to their department as the event was purely of political nature. However, a bus operator from Khachrod’s Ajij Bus Services who was sitting in the RTO office to take temporary permit said that he had been asked to provide four buses.

One more interesting thing that came to fore was that the entire administration, including revenue and civil departments were conspicuous by their absence from the venue. However, police department was active for security and traffic arrangements. To avoid controversies ministers and BJP leaders continuously changed their meeting locations throughout the day which paved a way for the senior officials to join them, but secretly.