The Ram Rajya Rath Yatra of the right-wing group Vishwa Hindu Parishad is all set to be launched from Ayodhya on Tuesday evening.
The rally is scheduled to continue for 41 days and it will pass through six states before concluding at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.
It is believed that the Rath Yatra is aimed at seeking public support for the construction of the Ram Temple and also to garner Hindu votes for 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Yatra will be carried in a modified mini truck.
It will make its way through BJP-ruled states Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra before entering poll-bound Karnataka after which the rally will pass through Kerala.
The march will end in Tamil Nadu on March 25 after covering around 6000 kms.
VHP ‘Mahamantri’ Champat Rai will flag off the Ram Rajya Rath Yatra from Ayodhya’s Karsevakpuram workshop. In the 1990s, this workshop was set up by the VHP to carve stones for the construction of Ram Temple.
According to media reports, a Maharashtra-based social organisation is officially organising the Yatra. Apart from the VHP, it is expected that the rally will also witness participation of the Muslim Rashtriya Manch.
This is to be noted that a similar Rath Yatra was led in 1990 by veteran BJP leader LK Advani. That Yatra also covered several states as it began from Somnath in Gujarat to reach Ayodhya as the final destination.