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The detailed programme was being worked out but it was still not sure when it would be completed, covering all the 182 Assembly constituencies.
As per the original programme, the `yatra' would be taken out two to three days every week when the Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, would be available.
Mr. Modi and Mr. Rana would be present throughout the `yatra' and accompanied by the senior district leaders.
The Union Ministers and other Central party leaders would also take part from time to time.
The `yatra', originally scheduled to be held in July, sparked a major controversy then with objections from various quarters, including the Opposition parties, to its name.
They asked whether the ruling party considered the shameful communal riots as a `gaurav' (pride) for the State.
The name remains unchanged now, but Mr. Rana claimed that the `yatra' would highlight the `proud performances' of the State BJP Government, particularly in the light of the ``misleading and distorted'' campaigns by the Opposition parties against the ruling party and Mr. Modi.
The July `yatra' was to have started from the temple town of Ambaji, bordering Rajasthan. This time it would be launched from Phagwel village in Kathlal taluk of Kaira district.
The `Kshatriyas' consider the village a place of pilgrimage as it was there that a warrior, Bhathiji Maharaj, sacrificed his life some three centuries ago trying to save a herd of cattle from Muslim rulers.
The idea apparently is to woo the `Kshatriyas' who are rallying behind the State Congress president, Shankarsinh Waghela.
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