Bhopal: The ‘kalash yatra’, of urns containing the ashes of late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee began from BJP state office on Thursday. The ashes would be immersed in ten main rivers across the state. These urns were handed over to the teams formed for these yatras in the presence Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and other leaders.
The ashes would be immersed in the rivers namely Chambal, Sindh, Betwa, Parvati, Shipra, Tapti, Son, Pench and Ken. Chouhan would immerse the ashes in river Narmada on Saturday. Meanwhile, Congress has termed the ‘kalash yatra’ as a political stunt of BJP. Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Assembly Ajay Singh claimed that the BJP was doing politics in the name of Vajpayee.
He said the BJP leaders who did not take care of Vajpayee for nine years, are now using his death for political mileage. Other Congress leaders have said that the way the ashes of Vajpayee are being carried across the country, was hurting the Hindu beliefs. On the other hand, BJP spokesman Rajnish Agarwal said Congress saw politics in everything. He said, Vajpayee was respected across the country and the BJP believed that all should get chance to pay obeisance to his ashes.