New Delhi: Top BJP leadership in India on Saturday turned to the deities ahead of the counting of votes of Lok Sabha elections to be done on May 23.
Prominent leaders, such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah took refuge in God barely a day after they claimed the party would win nothing less than 300 seats in the Lok Sabha polls and will return to power again.
PM Modi visited Kedarnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and located in Garhwal Himalyan range near the Mndakini river and offer prayed to the deities.
TV grabs showed Modi making rounds of the temple and offering prayers in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple before meditating in a cave located atop the nearby mountain. He is scheduled to visit Badrinath temple dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Vishnu tomorrow.
BJP president Amit Shah, on the other hand, visited Somath temple, also dedicated to Lord Shiva, in Gujarat and offered hour-long prayers with family members.
Photographs posted on his Twitter handle showed Shah applying sandal marks on his forehead and deeply engrossed in Rudrabhishek.
Similar scene was witnessed in Jharkhand where chief minister Raghubar Das rushed to the Baidyanath Jyotirlinga temple, also known as Baidyanath Dham, also dedicated to Lord Shiva, in Deoghar and offered prayers. According to him, he prayed to the deities to make the Modi the PM again.
The pilgrim tour by Modi and his party colleagues comes barely a day after the month-long poll campaign came to an end on Friday and the seventh and final of voting is scheduled for Sunday. PM himself addressed as many as 144 elections, indicating the challenges he faces from the opposition.
In the last Lok Sabha polls, the BJP itself had got majority but this time the party faces serious challenges from the opposition. The challenge has been such that the BJP which boasted of repeating the past performance on its own conceded too many its winning seats to its allies in Bihar, Maharashtra and Jharkhand.
What has robbed off the sleep of the BJP is the formation of Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) between BSP chief Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Singh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh where the BJP had won as many as 71 seats out of total 80 in the last LS polls owing to split in secular votes.
The Bihar Grand Alliance too has been giving sleepless nights to the BJP, and many say the NDA may not be able to repeat its 2014 performance in 2019.
As many as five parties such as the RJD, Congress, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, Hindustani Awam Morcha and Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist have formed a powerful Grand Alliance in Bihar.