- This yatra will start from Garhwal on October 21
- Before the election, this journey is also special from political point of view.
- Yatra will be completed in Dehradun on November 27
The BJP government is starting the Shaheed Samman Yatra in Uttarakhand from October 21. It will start separately from Garhwal and Kumaon. For this, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will go to Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand on October 24.
Talking to NBT, Uttarakhand Military Welfare Minister Ganesh Joshi said that when PM Modi came to Dehradun, he had said that Uttarakhand is Devbhoomi, land of heroes. The PM had said that there are four Dhams in Uttarakhand, the fifth Dham should be military Dham in Uttarakhand. We are completing it. Uttarakhand supplies 17.5 percent of the soldiers in the country’s army. Every fifth soldier posted on the border of the country is from Uttarakhand.
He said that the Shaheed Samman Yatra would start from Sawad village in Garhwal on October 21 and Moonakote in Pithoragarh in Kumaon on October 24. On October 21, Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt will launch it and on October 24, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will launch it from Pithoragarh.
The yatra will be completed in Dehradun on November 27. Joshi said that we have contacted 1734 martyr families across the state. We will go to their homes. They will be honored and the holy soil of that house will be brought to Dehradun in an urn. That sacred soil will be used for the construction of the military shrine. Through this yatra, patriotism will be awakened among the people.
This yatra is also important from political point of view before the elections. There are about 4.5 lakh voters in the state of servicemen-ex-servicemen and their families. This number is significant from a political point of view. Ex-servicemen have been considered the vote bank of BJP and the issue of nationalism also heats up in elections. Assembly elections are due in Uttarakhand early next year.