BJP kicks off Ganga yatra from Sept 20
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The Ganga Samgra Yatra of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), beginning from Ganga Sagar on September 20, will pass through five states, with special emphasis on Uttar Pradesh where party leaders would offer prayers and hold public meetings at 54 places along the river to appeal to the people to save Ganga from pollution and highlight the Centre's neglect of the river.
The places selected for these programmes are significant for yatra leader Uma Bharti, who is planning to contest the Lok Sabha election from UP. Most of these places have concentrations of backward castes, particularly Lodh and Nishad. Uma herself is a Lodh and before Assembly elections, BJP had projects her as a replacement of former chief minister Kalyan Singh.
Uma was not available for comment, but another party leader said that nearly 30 programmes in UP would be organised in Lodh-dominated areas like Phaphamau, Muratganj, Khaga, Fatehpur, Mandana, Bilhaur and Kannauj.
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