BJP launches 'Gandhi Sankalp Yatra' in Bengal

BJP launched its 'Gandhi Sankalp Yatra' in West Bengal on Wednesday as part of the party's nation-wide initiative to propagate the ideals of the Father of the Nation on his sesquicentennial.

The nation-wide campaign was launched by BJP president Amit Shah on October 2, on the occasion of Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary.

It has been delayed in West Bengal due to the ongoing festive season, BJP sources said.

The 'Yatra' will boost the prime minister's 'Swachh Bharat Mission', they said.

The BJP programme drew sharp reaction from the ruling TMC and opposition Congress in the state who mocked the saffron camp as "preachers of Godse".

Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh took out a rally on the occasion from Karnogarh to Matkatpur-Inda at Kharagpur in West Midnapore district.

Ghosh said at Kharagpur, "The ideals of Gandhi ji are very important at a time when Bengal is witnessing violence and killings everyday."

The 'Gandhi Sankalp Yatra' rallies will cover 6,500 km in the state in 10 days and the administration will be informed about the 'yatra' and its course in advance, he said.

The 'yatra' is scheduled to travel at least 150 km in every parliamentary constituency. West Bengal has 42 of them.

(Agencies)