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With the inauguration of Kashi Vishwanath corridor in Varanasi on December 13, the whole of Uttar Pradesh will be lit up similar to Diwali-like celebrations. This year the people of the state will invoke Lord Shiva in their homes by lighting lamps on the occasion of the inauguration of Kashi Vishwanath corridor, the highest revered shrine of Hindu faith. Along with this, a laser show and fireworks will light up all temples, streets, 'crossroads' and other public places in Varanasi.
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The planners will celebrate the festival of 'Deepotsav' on the lines of the 'Grand Kashi, Divya Kashi' in the whole of Uttar Pradesh. For this every BJP worker will light a lamp in the village, town and city. The BJP believes that this will create a festive atmosphere with ideological commitment which will send out the message of strong cultural ethos.
After the inauguration on December 13 in the evening, the Prime Minister will take a tour of the Ganga river in a boat and perform the 'Ganga aarti'. During this tour, the Chief Ministers of various BJP-ruled states will also be present. The Prime Minister will hold talks with the Chief Ministers and public representatives the very next day. After this, Modi will visit the Swarved temple, Umrah, and a CNG plant in Shahanshahpur and leave for Delhi on December 14 in the afternoon.
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On the day of the inauguration of Kashi Vishwanath corridor, all boats will be decorated with colorful lights which will be the main centre of attraction. An appeal has been made by the state administration to all the people to light lamps in their homes on the lines of Diwali celebrations. The people have been instructed to keep the streets and their locality clean and cooperate in the public cleanliness drive.
Diyas will be lit in every house, every temple, streets and BJP offices in the state. Unsplash
If political experts are to be believed, amid the ongoing Ram temple construction in Ayodhya, the BJP is once again trying to assert power through its ideological plank of Hindutva and its cultural agenda, while raising issues like building of a temple in Mathura.
A senior BJP leader involved in formulating the election strategy in Uttar Pradesh and working closely with the party's central leadership said that once again the party is going to celebrate Deepotsav on December 13.
Several BJP workers have been asked to make the occasion a grand success. BJP Kashi regional President, Mahesh Chandra Srivastava said, "On December 13, there will be a festive atmosphere in the state. Diyas will be lit in every house, every temple, streets and BJP offices in the state. We are going to celebrate a grand festival."
Kashi Vishwanath Dham, the work of which is in final stages, is the dream project of Prime Minister Modi. The corridor is now gleaming with lights. After the launch of the corridor, Chalo Kashi month' will also begin under which many programmes will be organised here.
After the inauguration on December 13 in the evening, the Prime Minister will take a tour of the Ganga river in a boat and perform the 'Ganga aarti'.Unsplash
According to the information received from the state government, a symbol of nationalism will be visible between Ganga and Lord Vishwanath temple which will give a new identity to Kashi. Idols of Rani Ahilyabai, Mother India (Bharat Mata), Kartikeya and Adi Shankaracharya will be installed in the Dham.
Kashi Vishwanath Dham is spread over an area of 54,000 square metre. The construction work of the Dham is being completed in two phases. The work of the first phase is in the final stage which includes construction of Mandir Chowk, Varanasi city gallery, museum, multipurpose auditorium, hall, devotee facilitation centres, public facility, spiritual house, Godoulia gate, 'Bhogshala', shelter for priests and sewadars, spiritual book palace, among others.
The statue of Mother India, a symbol of nationality, will also be seen between the Lord's court and the sacred Ganga. The idol of Kartikeya and Adi Shankaracharya will be installed in the grand courtyard of Kashi Vishwanath Dham. The statue of Queen Ahilyabai, who renovated the Kashi Vishwanath temple in 1669 will also be installed here. (IANS/SP)
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Gearing up for the 2022 Assembly polls and next general election, the BJP has decided to complete the formation of booth committees at over 10 lakh polling stations across the country by year end.
Addressing the inaugural session of BJP National Executive Committee meet here, party chief J.P. Nadda set the target to complete the process of forming the booth committees.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that to strengthen the party at ground level chief Nadda has asked to complete the formation of the committees by December 25.
"Formation of booth committees have been completed in 85 per cent of polling booths and remaining work will be completed by December 25," Pradhan said.
The party has also decided to implement the successful 'page committee' concept of Gujarat across the country.
"Page committee will be formed across the country and appointment of 'Panna Pramukh' will be completed by April 6, next year," Pradhan said
He said that Nadda also asked for an institutionalised mechanism to listen to the Prime Minister's 'Mann ki Baat' radio programme at each polling booth.
"Party chief talked about three works to strengthen the organisation at ground level as BJP has yet to reach its 'Utkarsh' (peak)," he said.
Nadda also talked about election results and said that BJP's victory in Huzurabad shows it's rise in Telangana.
"Nadda also said that BJP is getting strong in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha to win the next elections," Pradhan said.
In his address, Nadda thanked the people of West Bengal who supported the BJP in this year's Assembly polls.
"In the 2016 Assembly polls, the BJP's vote share was negligible, now it's 38 per cent. We have got the blessings of Bengal. In political history, such rapid growth in vote share has never been registered. the BJP chief assured people of West Bengal that the party is with them," Pradhan said.
Pradhan added that Nadda in his address also mentioned about the repeal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, which is now on the path of development under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
Talking about the meet, Pradhan said that it is being held in a hybrid mode.
"All participants have registered digitally, including Prime Minister Modi, L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are also attending the meeting virtually from their homes," Pradhan said.
Keywords: India, BJP, Elections, Narendra Modi, Delhi
After a controversy erupted over remarks made by senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid in his new book, 'Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times', the Congress seems to have got into more trouble with Rahul Gandhi's saying that Hinduism and Hindutva are different things.
Speaking virtually at a party function, he said, "Is there something common between Hindutva and Hinduism? What is the difference between Hinduism and Hindutva. If they are the same, why do they have different names? Why then use the name of Hinduism, and not Hindutva."
He asked, "Is there something common between what Guru Nanak, Kabir, Gandhiji, and King Ashoka said about the Hindutva ideology?" The difference between Hinduism as we know it & Hindutva? Are they the same thing? Can they be the same thing? They are obviously two different things. "
Rahul Gandhi said the RSS has overshadowed the Congress ideology. "Today, whether we like it or not, the divisive, hateful ideology of the RSS-BJP has overshadowed the loving, affectionate, and nationalistic ideology of the Congress. We have to accept it. Our ideology is alive, it's vibrant, but it has been overshadowed. "
He said we have to train groups of people who have an understanding of the ideology and connect with the issues, and we have to explore, and understand, and develop a group of people who understand the difference between these and apply these differences to issues.
The debate on Hindutva is already in the public domain, and the Congress is facing flak from the BJP. A passage from a chapter titled 'The Saffron Sky' from Khurshid's book reads: "Sanatan Dharma and classical Hinduism known to sages and saints were being pushed aside by a robust version of Hindutva, by all standards a political version similar to the jihadist Islam of groups like ISIS and Boko Haram of recent years."
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad disagreed and said in a statement, "We do not agree with Hindutva as a political ideology distinct from the composite culture of Hinduism, but comparing Hindutva with ISIS and Jehadi Islamists is factually wrong and an exaggeration."
Meanwhile, Vineet Jindal, a Delhi-based lawyer, on Thursday filed a complaint with the police against Khurshid for the remarks made in his book, demanding an FIR be lodged against Khurshid under Sections 153, 153A, 298 and 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: India, Hinduism, Hindutva, Rahul Gandhi, Propaganda
The first meeting of BJP national executive after 2019 Lok Sabha polls started in the national capital on Sunday to discuss forthcoming Assembly elections in five states and other current issues.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief J.P. Nadda, former party presidents and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari are attending the meeting, which is taking place at the NDMC Convention Centre.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was supposed to participate virtually from Lucknow, flew to Delhi to physically attend the meeting.
The meeting started with the inaugural address of Nadda and will conclude with Prime Minister Modi's valedictory address around 3 p.m.
Following the Covid-19 protocols, all national executive members have not been called to Delhi to attend the meeting. Only 124 senior BJP leaders will be present at the NDMC convention center and all the Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers of the BJP ruled states, all the BJP state unit presidents and other senior leaders from the states who are part of the national executive will virtually attend the meeting from their respective state headquarters.
On Saturday, BJP national general secretary Arun Singh had said that various issues will be discussed in the meeting, which include a special brainstorming session on the forthcoming assembly elections in five states.
Early next year, Assembly polls will be held in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab Manipur, and Goa.
A condolence resolution will also be adopted in the memory of all those who lost their lives in the Covid pandemic.
The meeting will also discuss programmes and policies to make the BJP more broad-based in order to incorporate greater sections of the society.
An exhibition has also been organised at the venue to showcase all policies and programmes of the Modi government. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: BJP, Elections, Lok Sabha, India National News, Politics.