Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Leads Congress's '7 Guarantees Yatra' in Jaipur
Gehlot emphasized the importance of people's trust during the Congress 7 Guarantees Yatra.
In the midst of Rajasthan's political battleground, where the tradition of power changing hands every five years prevails, the Congress party kicked off its "7 Guarantees Yatra" in the capital city, Jaipur, on Tuesday. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, by inaugurating this Yatra, also marked the official launch of Congress's election campaign in Jaipur.
The Yatra began with Ashok Gehlot offering prayers at the revered Moti Dungari Ganesh Temple in the Pink City. Subsequently, he visited the Krishna Pranami Temple in Rajapark, the Gurudwara in Rajapark, and the Vaishno Devi Temple. In the evening, he paid his respects at the revered Govind Dev Ji Temple in the city.
Gehlot emphasized the importance of people's trust during the Congress 7 Guarantees Yatra. He stated in a conversation with the media that the party had previously delivered on its 10 guarantees, earning people's confidence that their promises are backed by action. He went on to say, "Now, we've offered 7 new guarantees, and our election manifesto will be released soon. We've been working for the past five years, and there's no anti-incumbency wave because our 10 guarantees have been excellent, and the 25 lakh insurance coverage is a historic achievement. We are confident that people will recognize our efforts and make an informed choice based on our work, as they are the ultimate decision-makers."
According to political analysts, the Congress's Yatra is perceived as the party's adoption of a soft Hindutva strategy. During the Yatra, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot alternated between traveling by bus and car, and at various points, he walked to interact with the public.
The 7 Guarantees Yatra commenced at the Moti Dungari Ganesh Temple, situated in the Malviya Nagar assembly constituency. It then proceeded to Rajapark, part of the Adarsh Nagar assembly constituency, where Gehlot and other leaders also visited the office of Congress candidate Rafiq Khan. Similarly, Gehlot inaugurated the party's campaign in the Hawa Mahal and Kishanpole assembly areas during this Yatra.
Congress's emphasis on soft Hindutva in the election is becoming increasingly evident. Archana Sharma, the Congress candidate from Malviya Nagar, is the daughter-in-law of the late Acharya Dharmendra. Furthermore, just before the elections, the party has inducted Sadhvi Anadi Saraswati of Ajmer, the granddaughter of Martyr Hemu Kalani.
The Yatra also placed a special focus on constituencies with a Muslim majority, with a roadshow taking place in Adarsh Nagar, where Congress has nominated Rafiq Khan. Hawa Mahal and Kishanpole assembly seats are also considered Muslim-majority areas, and Congress has fielded A R Atrawali from Hawa Mahal and Amin Kagzi from Kishanpole.
During the Yatra, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot engaged with gig workers and highlighted the Gig Workers Act introduced by the state government, which has gained recognition worldwide. He stressed the government's efforts in providing social security and even dedicated a separate budget for farmers.
The event saw the presence of several prominent figures, including the party's state in-charge Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Working Committee member Bhavvar Jitendra Singh, Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, Congress candidate Archana Sharma, Congress candidate Rafiq Khan, co-incharge Amrita Dhawan, and Kazi Nizamuddin. PC Chaturvedi, the general secretary of the PCC, and other Congress leaders also joined the occasion.