UP Assembly Election: Congress to undertake an 11 day padayatra, BJP to connect with Nishads by Kamal Nauka Yatra

News Desk: The Uttar Pradesh Congress has decided to undertake an 11-day march “mehangai hatao pratigya padayatra” from the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru with “BJP bhagao, mehangai hatao” slogan in all 403 assembly constituencies of the state and will end on November 24.

Statement of the UPCC release

It will be aimed at highlighting how the country’s economy has worsened because of the wrong policies and anti-people work of the BJP government, bent upon benefitting only some of its industrialist friends.

The padayatra is being held on the call of the All India Congress Committee, taking cognisance of the Modi and Yogi governments’ insensitivity towards the poor and common people, the release said. Through this yatra, efforts will be made to exert pressure on the government to check inflation and amend its anti-people policies.

Under this yatra, a march of at least 10 km per day will be taken out in each assembly segment of the state and a pledge letter of the party will be given to each household in the state after holding a meeting with them on the issue of inflation, the party said in its release.

A street meeting will also be organised daily in the evening in local markets on the route of the padayatra which will pass through at least 60-gram sabha wards in each assembly constituency, the release said. A total of eight street meetings will be held in each assembly segment, it added.

A padayatra of 32,240 km, interspersed with 24,180 ‘gram sabha’ meetings and 5,000 street meetings will be organised across the state during the yatra, the release added.

BJP’s Kamal Nauka Yatra

To woo the Nishad community ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is banking on ‘river yatras’, named as ‘Kamal Nauka Yatra’. With such yatras, the BJP aims at connecting with the riverine community, which includes 22 prominent sub-castes such as Nishads and Kashyaps.

Members belonging to fishermen and boatmen communities will travel by the BJP boats during the ‘river yatras’ and inform others about the party’s initiatives for the community, which is politically dominant along the banks of the Ganga and the Yamuna rivers in UP.

In total, five such river journeys are scheduled. Notably, two out of five river journeys have already commenced, one each in Prayagraj and Kanpur across the Ganga ghats.

There are plans for three more on the Kachla river in Budaun, across the Ganga in Varanasi and in Garh Mukteshwar in western UP.

State BJP general secretary Ashwini Tyagi said these yatras aim at connecting with the “community that earns its living from the rivers”.

“Over the years, the BJP government has launched several initiatives for this community and naturally, the idea is to make the community aware of these steps” said Tyagi.

He further said “Depending on the ghats, we plan the number of boats. So, for instance, Varanasi boat journeys would be bigger than the ones in Budaun’s Kachla, which has only one ghat”.

Prior to beginning of the river journeys, prayers are made before boats and the river, and speeches are given with flags of the party fluttering in the background.