Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to people on the occasion of Jagannath Rath Yatra on Saturday, July 14. "With the blessings of Lord Jagannath, may our country scale new heights of growth. May every Indian be happy and prosperous," PM Modi said in his tweet. On the other hand, BJP president Amit Shah offered prayers at the Lord Jagannath Temple in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad and before the commencement of the 14th Rath Yatra. The BJP chief will also address a Youth Parliament at a private university in Gandhinagar.
Shah participated in the ‘mangla aarti’ at the Jagannath Temple on Saturday morning.
He would later address a youth parliament at Karnavati University, which will also be attended by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and state BJP president Jitu Vaghani.
The youth parliament, titled "Forum for Democratic Dialogues" is a two-day event that will see students from educational institutions debate on social and political issues.
The 141st Rath Yatra on commenced on Saturday, from the Jagannath temple in Jamalpur area amid tight security after four crude bombs, 12 pipe bombs and a bottle of kerosene were found by the police during a search on Friday. The police have detained two people in connection with the case.
Around 20,000 police personnel, home guard, State Reserve Police and para-military forces have been deployed for the yatra on the 18-km route which passes through some communally sensitive areas.