BHOPAL: Much to the embarrassment of Congress, as its candidate Digvijaya Singh, flanked by religious leader Namdev Tyagi alias Computer Baba led the roadshow on Wednesday, people ‘greeted’ the procession shouting ‘Modi-Modi’. Seeking to counter BJP’s Hindutva plank, hundreds of sadhus chanted “Jai Shree Ram” as they took part in a roadshow which commenced from Peer Gate and after moving through main roads of the city concluded at Nadra Bus stand.
As rally reached Jain Square, a few businessmen started sloganeering for PM Modi. To counter them, the sadhus in Digvijaya’s rally started raising pro-Rahul Gandhi slogans. Kotwali police later registered a case against unidentified protestors. Arrests will be made on the basis of TV and mobile footage. Several saffron and white robes-clad saints holding the Congress’s and saffron flags shouted “Jai Shree Ram”, campaigning in support of Digvijaya, who is pitted against BJP candidate Pragya Thakur, a Hindutva activist. Some seers participating in the roadshow said they want the Ram temple to be constructed in Ayodhya at the earliest.
Singh said no one has the copyright on saffron after the sadhus were seen holding saffron flags along with the Congress’s flags. A group of sadhus from across the country extended support to Singh. Namdeo Das Tyagi alias Computer Baba was leading the group. Singh also participated in the roadshow that started from Old Bhopal and covered Peer Gate and Sankari lanes. Some police personnel, both men and women, in plain clothes were seen sporting saffron gamchha (a cloth worn around shoulders and neck) during the roadshow. On Tuesday, a group of sadhus performed hatha yog and did yagan to ensure Singh wins the election.
Cops don saffron scarf!
Interestingly, a few cops, who were in civil dress, were seen sporting saffron scarf as they walked shoulder to shoulder with sadhus at the road show. The police personnel, including women, refused to answer when inquired about their saffron scarfs. Sources said women and men constables in civil dress donning saffron scarfs were made to mingle with others in the rally to keep a vigil
Modi-slogan raisers BJP paid workers: Oza
Meanwhile, Congress state media president Sobha Oza alleged that pro-Modi slogan raisers were paid workers of the BJP. “Whenever and wherever Congress organises their event such people arrives and raise pro Modi slogans,” she added.