BHOPAL: Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to make his third visit to Madhya Pradesh in just 45 days, underlining the significance of this central Indian state in the political landscape. His latest excursion will culminate in a massive rally at Bhopal's Jamboree Maidan, a pivotal event for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The 'Karyakarta Mahakumbh,' as it's named, coincides with the birth anniversary of Deendayal Upadhyaya, a co-founder of the Jana Sangh and a revered figure in the BJP's history. This gathering serves as the grand finale of the BJP's 'Jan Ashirwad Yatras,' which have traversed the state extensively in recent weeks. Party leaders have ambitious aspirations, aiming to draw a crowd of one million attendees, showcasing the party's formidable strength.
In anticipation of the expected traffic snarls resulting from road regulations put in place for the event, several schools in the area have been instructed to remain closed on Monday. Parents received notifications over the weekend regarding the school closures, acknowledging the inconvenience caused by the Prime Minister's visit.
The rally is scheduled to commence with Prime Minister Modi's arrival at approximately 11 a.m., and he is expected to stay until 1 p.m., according to VD Sharma, the chief of the party's Madhya Pradesh unit.
This political spectacle is part of the BJP's broader strategy leading up to the Madhya Pradesh assembly election, slated to take place later this year. The contest promises to be intense, pitting the incumbent BJP against the Congress. The BJP has adopted the slogan "abki bar 150 par" (victory in more than 150 seats) in a show of confidence. In response, the Congress has launched a 'Jan Akrosh Yatra' in the state to highlight what they perceive as the "failures" of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led state government. The political battleground is set, and Madhya Pradesh is at the heart of the action.