BJP National President Shri Amit Shah as a part of his 110-day pravas on June 8 arrived in Chhattisgarh`s capital Raipur. Here, he held talks with BJP MPs, MLAs, office-bearers and workers and discussed with them on ways to strengthen the party’s agenda ahead of next year’s assembly polls and for the 2019 general elections. During his three day pravas Shri Shah offered prayers at Giroudpuri Dham, a popular pilgrimage site of Satnamis, a ST community, in Balodabazar district. He also visited Sonakhan village, the birth place of freedom fighter Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh in the same area. He was accompanied by Chief Minister Raman Singh, party’s state unit president Shri Dharamlal Kaushik, other senior leaders of the party and state ministers. Giroudpuri, located around 130 kms from the state capital, is the birth place of Satnami saint and social reformer Guru Ghasidas Baba.
A 253-ft-tall ‘Jaitkham’ has been erected at the pilgrim centre, which is touted as the highest concrete tower in the country.
After arriving at Giroudpuri, Shri Shah and other leaders offered prayers at the ‘dham’ and also met seers of Satnami community there. On the occasion Shri shah said ““The massive ‘Jaitkham’ built at the birthplace of Guru Ghasidas Baba is spreading the messages of truth, non-violence, and philanthropy.”
Shri Shah subsequently went to Sonakhan where he addressed a gathering of people.
“The valorous land of Sonakhan is sacred for every patriot. I feel fortunate to have visited this place of Chhattisgarh, where freedom fighter Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh was born. Singh had made a tremendous contribution in the freedom struggle in year 1857.
“His love for the country and compassion for poor people is inspiring for entire humanity,” he said.
On the occasion, the chief minister Raman Singh announced that a life-size bronze statue of the martyr will be erected in Sonakhan.
Shri Shah and other leaders also visited the ‘samadhi’ of Veer Narayan Singh and paid a floral tribute.
Earlier in Raipur he interacted with local intellectuals, opinion makers and journalist.While interacting with them he said “The BJP is not merely a political party but it is mission for an ideology”.