India, July 17 -- Apart from seeking blessings from people during its Jan Ashirvad Yatra as the name of the yatra signifies the BJP would raise funds for the assembly elections.
The yatra led by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan begins on July 22 from Ujjain after worshipping the presiding deity at Mahakal Temple.
The yatra aims at mobilising the masses in general and the party workers in particular for a third time BJP government at a row.
Talking to newspersons on Tuesday, state BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar said the amount of money collected from people during the 50-day yatra would be handed over to the chief minister during the party workers' convention at Bhopal on September 25.
"It is premature to conjecture at this moment as to the amount to be collected during the yatra," said Tomar when asked by journalists about the amount of funds.
He said the yatra would cover a distance of 8,000 kilometres in 50 days, which would culminate into a massive party workers' meet at Bhopal on September 25.
During the yatra, he said, there would be 224 big public meetings and 500 gatherings would be addressed by the CM from atop the rath.
He said at the initial level, the yatra was divided into three phases: first phase from July 22 to July 24 to cover the distance from Ujjain to Sailana; second phase from July 28 to July in Vindhya region from Beohari to Sidhi via Singrauli and the third phase from July 31 to August 1 from Agar to Shajapur via Beora.
He said the yatra incharge Nandkumar Singh Chauhan and leaders Vinod Gotia, Tapan Bhowmick and Ajay Pratap Singh are making pre-yatra preparations.
The local leaders in charge of the yatra in various parts of the state had been given categorical instructions that they should attach much importance to the timings of the journey and felicitate only 'the yatra's hero CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan'.
The killing of couple Sunil, 21, and Ranjeeta, 19, whose bodies were found in Mandla, 466km east of Bhopal, recently, was a case of honour killing.
The police have arrested Ranjeeta's father Sadan Maravi, her brother Manoj and brother-in-law Dinesh for the killings.
The bodies of Ranjeeta and Sunil were recovered on the night intervening Monday and Tuesday.
The body of Sunil was found near a forest while Ranjeeta's body was found at a different place.
It was found that Sunil was last seen with girl's family members.
Ranjeeta's father Sadan confessed that he had killed his daughter because he felt she had brought disgrace to the family because of her relationship with the youngster (Sunil).
The family had forcibly married Ranjeeta to Manoj, despite being aware of her relationship with Sunil.
Recently, the girl's kin had told Sunil that they would solemnise his marriage with Ranjeeta but when he reached their house, he was overpowered and strangulated to death. Ranjeeta was also killed. The bodies were later dumped.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.