Anurag embarks on Jan Ashirwad Yatra

Tribune News Service

Solan, August 19

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Sports and Youth Affairs Anurag Thakur today received a rousing welcome in Solan district from Parwanoo to Shimla on his maiden visit to the state after being elevated as the Cabinet minister.

His visit marks the beginning of a five-day Jan Ashirwad Yatra where he will travel 623 km across various districts and all four Lok Sabha constituencies.

BJP co-incharge for Himachal Sanjay Tandon welcomed him at Himachal Bhawan at Chandigarh where leaders from Sirmaur had gathered with party activists to accord him a warm welcome.

Leaders and activists jostled with each other to gain proximity to the leader. Being the party's national programme, it was being monitored by the national leaders.

Addressing the crowds which had gathered at Parwanoo, Dharampur, Solan and Kandaghat, Thakur said, "It is a matter of pride that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given representation to a small state like Himachal in his Cabinet. I thank the PM for elevating me as a Cabinet minister at a young age."

He added, "Himachal has been significantly represented at the national level with the national president JP Nadda too hailing from the state."

Thakur used the opportunity to strike a chord with the farmers and said, "In the last one and a half years Rs 1,50,000 crore have been granted to the farmers as Kisan Samman Nidhi. Even the smallest farmer has benefited from this scheme."

State BJP president Suresh Kashyap, Power Minister Sukhram Chawdhary, former MLA Dr Rajiv Bindal, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Rajiv Saizal, state president Mahila Morcha Rashim Dhar Sood, chairperson, State Women Commission Daisy Thakur were among those present on the occasion.

Covid norms were thrown to the winds as activists jostled with each other to greet the union minister with bouquets. They burst crackers and raised slogans to welcome their young leader.

The Union minister also visited a vaccination centre at Dharampur where he enquired about the number of doses taken by the people. He also stopped to talk to a child who had come with his mother and promised to open an anganwari centre soon.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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