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Digvijaya’s ekta yatra begins from Orchha


Yatra aims to improve coordination among party men before ticket distribution for assembly polls Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal, AICC general secretary and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh began his ‘ekta yatra’ from Orchha on Thursday. Before launching the yatra, he offered worship at the Raja Ram temple in Orchha in Tikamgarh district. Speaking on the occasion Singh claimed that everyone is facing problems under the BJP’s rule. He said that the prices of petrol and diesel are rising while the government is looking away and busy in throwing fitness challenge. Petrol prices are constantly rising and farmers are not getting fair rate for their produce, while the government keeps making inflated claims about farmer welfare, he said adding the fight of Congress workers is against the ideology that killed Mahatma Gandhi. Digvijaya Singh said the people of the state are angry with the 15 years of BJP rule. He said BJP government is behaving like the British Raj. It has purchased 17,000 police batons and sticks to beat the people. The administration has cordoned off Mandsaur and neighbouring areas before the June 6 farmers’ congregation. Digvijaya was accompanied by his wife Amrita Rai and senior state Congress leaders Rameshwar Neekhra and Mahesh Joshi. Singh was also joined by former Rajya Sabha MP Satyavrat Chaturvedi. Digvijaya’s yatra aims to improve coordination among Congressmen before ticket distribution for the assembly elections in MP. Satyavrat Chaturvedi, known to be an arch-rival of Singh and Amrita Rai, wife of Singh is also accompanying Singh in the Yatra. Before embarking on his yatra Singh asked all party workers to resolve that they would ensure victory of Congress in the upcoming state assembly elections. The senior Congress leader urged the party workers to forget about who gets ticket and focus only on victory of the party. He said Congress workers are fighting a battle of ideologies. Singh blamed BJP for dividing the country. He alleged that after dividing people of India as Hindus and Muslims BJP is now dividing people into Dalits and Savarnas. The former chief minister’s Yatra would cover three districts namely Tikamgarh, Chatarpur and Panna in the first phase. The second phase would begin after the Mandsaur visit of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Singh is not conducting any public meeting in the yatra. It is aimed at meeting Congress workers. Singh has also been appointed chairman of the Congress coordination committee for the upcoming assembly elections. Now, with his 13-member committee, he will go from district to district and visit every assembly constituency mobilising the party’s work force. The yatra will end on August 31.

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