Psychics, BJP workers and welfare recipients are on long guest list for ‘big’ Yogi swearing-in ceremony

Lucknow: Ahead of the 2024 general elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to turn the swearing-in ceremony of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Yogi Adityanath into a gala on Friday. The party has invited seers and saints, as well as pit workers, migrants and recipients of welfare schemes, to attend alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top BJP leaders.

The event will be held at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow, which has a capacity of around 75,000.

Apart from the many guests, BJP district officials were also asked to ensure that billboards and decorations were put up at markets and major intersections in each district in preparation for the show, according to BJP leaders. In addition, they were also instructed to organize cleanliness campaigns in temples in each district, followed by poop (prayers) before arriving at the swearing-in ceremony, the leaders said.

In a letter to the heads of different regional units, UP BJP General Secretary Govind Narayan Shukla ordered that two party workers from each unit be sent to Lucknow on March 24 and that the workers arrive in vehicles wearing party flags. ThePrint has accessed the letter.

He also asked workers to ensure that poop happens at local temples for public welfare between 8 and 10 a.m. on the day of the swearing in, and pooch temple seers, spiritual leaders, engineers, doctors, professionals, writers, and district-level social workers are also to be guests.

ThePrint has learned that in addition to pit-level workers, seers from the temple cities of Mathura-Vrindavan, Ayodhya and Haridwar, and yoga guru Baba Ramdev were also invited to the ceremony.

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‘Bhavya’ event on the cards

Speaking to ThePrint, BJP’s Shukla said the event was going to be “big”.

“It’s a historic event for us and all the supporters in the state are thrilled about it. So it’s only natural that it’s bhavya (grand). It is a moment of honor for us and the workers at the stand level have been asked to ensure that poop is carried out by every unit in every district of the state, as we will receive the blessings of the Almighty on that day after the cleanliness campaigns. The distribution of Prasad will follow,” he said.

According to experts, since Yogi Adityanath has become a symbol of Hindutva, it is natural for the taking of the oath to witness the presence of seers.

Lucknow-based political analyst Brajesh Shukla said two songs particularly became popular during the Assembly elections – “jo Ram ko laaye hain, hum unko laayein hain(those who brought Ram were brought to power), and “aa rahe hain UP mein phir bhagwa dhari(those dressed in saffron return to power).

“The songs were even played in weddings and they clearly symbolized how Yogi had become a prateek-purush (symbolic) of bhagva (Saffron). Yogi himself is a monk and has stayed among them and visits Ayodhya every month. The swearing in is also a message to the public ahead of the 2024 elections, which the BJP wants to win under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Brajesh Shukla said.

He added that the invitation to workers and supporters at the stands was meant to reinforce the importance the BJP attaches to them.

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Beneficiaries, workers present

Speaking to ThePrint, BJP leaders confirmed that apart from workers at the pit level, pravasi Party workers (non-residents) deployed in all districts and beneficiaries of Modi and Yogi welfare schemes are also expected to attend the ceremony. these pravasis are party workers who are usually sent to another district to oversee the operation, and are therefore different from the set of migrant workers living in other states that the party has focused on in its election campaign.

Asked about the expected number of such supporters and beneficiaries, UP BJP State Spokesman Rakesh Tripathi said that while the capacity of Ekana Stadium is around 75,000, the beneficiaries will be part of the public. common who was invited to the ceremony.

The beneficiaries have become a major vote bank for the BJP in the 2022 assembly elections and the party wants to acknowledge their support with the gesture, party insiders told ThePrint.

SPG in Lucknow, DM holds a meeting

As Prime Minister Modi was due to arrive in Lucknow for the swearing-in ceremony, the District Magistrate held a meeting with government and police officers on Tuesday.

Additional Director General (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar told reporters that apart from Special Protection Group (SPG) coverage, Counter Terrorism Squad (ATS) commandos will remain deployed at the site and that drones would be used to provide surveillance.

Separate entry and exit points will be created for VVIPs and the general public, he added.

BJP says key opposition leaders will be invited

With reports while former CM and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav said he had not yet been invited for the swearing-in, BJP leaders said that all important leaders of the opposition at the national and state level would be invited.

BJP state spokesman Rakesh Tripathi told ThePrint that apart from senior opposition leaders including Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Priyanka Gandhi, opposition leaders at the national level will be also invited.

In Yogi Adityanath’s previous swearing-in ceremony in 2017, CMs from BJP-led states and those led by NDA allies like TDP leader N. Chandrababu Naidu were also present except senior BJP leaders at national and state level.

(Editing by Amit Upadhyaya)

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