Sources reveal that on the one hand, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami was ready to conduct the Yatra, while on the other hand the officers were trying to convince him that the Uttarakhand government had pulled its feet back from this yatra only last month. After the Kumbh held in April this year, the way the cases of Kovid were big and Uttarakhand suffered across the country, taking the risk of traveling and seeking permission from the court were both looking tedious. The hearing regarding Kovid is going on in the High Court and during this, last month, on behalf of the Uttarakhand government, the Chief Secretary had filed an affidavit saying that the government would not conduct the Kanwar Yatra this year. On June 30, a notification also came regarding the cancellation of the Yatra. Due to the changed political equations, on July 4, the new Chief Minister Dhami took charge and things seemed to be changing.
What is the political meaning of Kavad Yatra
The figures of 2019 show that some three crore Kavad pilgrims had come to Haridwar and Rishikesh. A symbol of the faith of crores of Shiva devotees, travelers come from western Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in this journey. The Chief Minister of UP has made it clear that his government is getting the yatra done. It is worth noting that two other BJP-ruled states Himachal Pradesh and Haryana have not said anything clearly on this matter yet. The same Rajasthan, Punjab and Delhi have also not shown any interest at the moment.
Uttar Pradesh is ready for Kanwar Yatra
Assembly elections are due in Uttar Pradesh next year. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is a big face in UP politics. His image among young voters is like a hero. Shiv Bhakts were constantly demanding Yogi to start the Yatra in social media and UP has probably given a green signal regarding this. But as far as Uttarakhand is concerned, after the constant turmoil in the Kumbh, the government officials knew very well that now any travel could be a problem for them. Especially at a time when the High Court is also keeping a close watch on him. This became one of the reasons for the Uttarakhand government to withdraw from Kanwar.
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