Madurai, Tamil Nadu: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has arrived in Madurai today, all set to flag off the BJP’s six-month-long padayatra, named ‘En Mannu, En Makkal’ (My Land, My People), in the town of Rameswaram in the state.
The padayatra holds significant political importance as it comes ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, aiming to secure a resounding mandate to see party leader Narendra Modi elected as Prime Minister for a historic third term.
Scheduled to cover all 234 assembly constituencies throughout Tamil Nadu, the padayatra is expected to conclude on January 11 next year, just before the Lok Sabha polls. BJP Tamil Nadu President K. Annamalai, who will lead the yatra, expressed these details to reporters in an earlier statement.
The inauguration ceremony, taking place later today at the ground opposite the Rameswaram bus stand, will be officiated by Amit Shah himself.
“This Yatra ‘My Soil, My People’, all of us are embarking on a journey for 168 days across 234 constituencies, meeting beneficiaries, interacting with them, and taking their good wishes for PM Modi,” Annamalai said.
The BJP state president said that at least one central minister would address each of the ten major rallies that have been planned during the yatra.
“The second part of the Yatra will invoke the spirit that this land and these people belong to us, and we have a very unique Tamil spirit with Bharatiya culture, and we will not allow the forces inimical to Tamil culture to swindle our precious resources. When Modi Ji comes back to power for the third straight time, Tamil Nadu has to give more number of MPs. We will talk about the corruption of the DMK,” Annamali said.
“There is anti-incumbency in the state. People are very clear, they don’t want DMK or any party that DMK is supporting,” he added.
The Yatra aims to cover 1068 Km on foot and the rest of the area by vehicle, the BJP state leader said.