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TMC to take out Kirtan processions to counter BJP Rathyatra

Press Trust of India  |  Suri (WB) 

With slated to flag off the party's 'Rathayatra' from Tarapeeth in

West Bengal's district on December 14, the district will organise processions by Kirtan singers on the same day to counter it, party sources said.

The (TMC) distributed 4,000 pieces of 'khol' and 8,000 pieces of 'kartal', musical instruments used while singing 'kirtans' (religious songs), at Bolpur on Wednesday, they said.

Khol is popular among Vaishnavites in Bengal and and is very similar to 'mridangam', while kartal is a percussion instrument mainly used in devotional and folk songs.

while distributing the musical instruments at a programme here said the Kirtan processions would be held in 19 blocks of district and five blocks of neighbouring district.

Asked by scribes to comment on the Kirtan procession coinciding with the BJP's Ratha yatra, Mondal termed the saffron party's proposed programme a "funeral procession".

"There are so many cremation grounds in district ... I have faith in religion. We have distributed khols and kartals so that kirtan programmes may be held and devotees can chant the name of God. It is a good programme.

"The Kirtan processions will be held to cleanse Birbhum district," he said.

The (BJP) will launch its

high-profile Rathyatra from December 7 and will kickstart the campaign titled 'Save Democracy Rally'.

The campaign is scheduled to begin from district in the north on December 7, from Kakdwip in the South 24 district on December 9 and from Tarapith temple in Birbhum district on December 14.

This is for the first time that the saffron party will undertake a political campaign of such a magnitude, covering nearly 10,000 kms spread across all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state.

The party has claimed that the Rathyatra would be a "game changer" in the

Apart from and Shah, several top BJP leaders and chief ministers such as Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Raman Singh, Yogi Adityanath, and will participate in the campaign.

Modi is also likely to attend four rallies to give a thrust to the party's campaign in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

had set a target of winning 22 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 22:10 IST