Ahead of the Vel Yatra to be performed across TN, the ‘Kaappu Kattudhal’ event was presided over by BJP Tamil Nadu unit president L Murugan at the party’s state headquarters Kamalayalam in Chennai today.
Titled ‘Vetrivel Yatra’, the month-long tour to be undertaken by the top brass of the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP, hopes to ‘sensitise people’.
Murugan will launch the yatra on November 6 from Tiruttani, one of the six abodes located 90 km from Chennai, which will end at Thiruchendur in Thoothukudi district, 640 km from Chennai, in Thoothukudi district on December 6.
The party feels the ‘Vetrivel Yatra’ will help it reach out to the masses ahead of the crucial assembly polls due in the first half of 2021. The BJP has been making concerted efforts to project it as an alternative to the Dravidian majors – DMK and AIADMK.
The party had initially planned to organise public meetings at the six places and the campaign was scheduled to begin in October. The plan was dropped after police refused to give permission to organise public meetings, citing Covid-19 protocol.
In August, cadres and supporters of the BJP and various Hindu outfits chanted the ‘Kanda Sashti Kavasam’ hymn and held a ‘Vel Puja’ across Tamil Nadu.
Amid chants of ‘Vetri Vel’ and ‘Veera Vel,’ the Kavasam, a prayer song in praise of Lord Muruga seeking divine protection reverberated across the State.
The event assumed significance as it happened days after ‘Karuppar Kootam,’ a collective of atheists denigrated the hymn, revered in Tamil Nadu for centuries, on their Youtube channel and it led to an outrage.