Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Gehlot will share the stage in Rajasthan on November 1
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Gehlot will share the stage to pay tribute to the freedom fighters of the tribal community on November 1 at Mangarh Dham in the Banswara district of Rajasthan. Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will also be present on the occasion. Mangarh is located on the border of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat and the leaders' visit here is being seen as an attempt to woo the tribes ahead of the upcoming assembly elections.
During the freedom struggle, more than 1.5 lakh Bhils and other tribes under the leadership of Govind Guru fought for a long time against the British in the Mangarh hill region. It is believed that about 1,500 people were killed in the British firing on people attending a public meeting organized under the leadership of Govind Guru on November 17, 1913, in the Mangarh hill region. The BJP hopes that the effect of this program of the Prime Minister will be in Gujarat as well as in Madhya Pradesh. Apart from Rajasthan, assembly elections are also to be held in these two states next year.
According to the official program of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Gehlot will reach Mangarh Dham in Banswara by special aircraft on November 1 at 9.30 am. Gehlot is on a Gujarat tour and is scheduled to visit Rajasthan on October 31. The Chief Minister will leave for Udaipur from Jaipur on October 31 at 8.30 pm in a special plane. There is a program to go to Mangarh by helicopter from Udaipur at 9 a.m. on November 1.
Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mangarh, Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister Arjun Meghwal, BJP's National Vice President and former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, BJP's State President Satishpoonia and Leader of Opposition Gulabchand Kataria are likely to attend. It is believed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi can make some big announcements for Mangarh Dham.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has demanded from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare Mangarh Dham a national monument. Gehlot has written twice to the Prime Minister demanding that Mangarh Dham be declared a monument of national importance so that true tribute can be paid to the great saint Govind Guru. Eight districts in Rajasthan namely Banswara, Dungarpur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Rajsamand, Sirohi, Pratapgarh, and Pali come under this region. There is a total of 37 assembly constituencies here.
The BJP holds 21 out of 37 seats, while the Congress has 11, independents on three seats, and the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) with two. There is a total of 200 assembly seats in Rajasthan and out of these 71 are occupied by BJP. The BTP's influence in the tribal areas of Rajasthan is a matter of concern for both the BJP and the Congress, so both the major parties are trying to retain the tribal vote bank.