At the Tanot Mata temple in Jaisalmer, Amit Shah prays


Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, prayed at the Tanot Mata temple in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district on Saturday morning.

He also revealed a plaque and laid the cornerstone for improvements on the temple’s grounds to encourage tourism.

The minister flew by helicopter to Tanot on Saturday morning after arriving in Jaisalmer on Friday evening. He presented the Vijay Stambh with a floral garland.

The BSF is in charge of the famed Tanot Mata temple, which is close to the Pakistan-India border. It is 120 kilometres away from Jaisalmer.

As part of a project supported by the Center to promote border tourism, tourist amenities will be built on the temple grounds.

The Pakistani Army dropped six bombs on the temple during the India-Pakistan War in 1965, but none of them detonated. The shrine has these unexploded bombs on display.

During the Longewala combat in the 1971 war, Pakistani tanks became bogged in the sand close to the temple, and the Indian Air Force quickly attacked them.

Before heading to the Jaisalmer air force station, Shah spoke with BSF representatives at Tanot.

He will speak at the closing session of a national conference of the BJP’s OBC Morcha when he arrives in Jodhpur, the hometown of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Shah will then give the opening remarks at a gathering of the BJP’s booth-level workers.

BJP officials in Jodhpur claimed that the home minister would get a triumphant welcome. He would be escorted to the meeting location from the airport by around 1,500 party members on motorcycles and donning saffron turbans, they said.

The two-day working committee meeting was officially opened on Friday morning by Rajasthan BJP chairman Satish Poonia, BJP national president of the OBC Morcha K Laxman, and Union Labor Minister Bhupender Yadav.

Shah will address the BJP’s booth-level workers at Jodhpur’s Dussehra Ground shortly after the party’s OBC Morcha meeting. For the meeting, the party is mobilising its booth-level employees from around the division.

A BJP senior told PTI that “the party workers’ meeting is likely to be historic.”

Prior to the 2023 Assembly elections, the OBC vote bank for the BJP in the state would be strengthened at the national working committee meeting of the OBC Morcha in Jodhpur.

Gehlot, a member of the OBC, was born and raised in Jodhpur. Prior to the assembly elections, the BJP also wants to assess its position in the western portion of the state.

The largest district in Rajasthan, Jodhpur, is made up of six districts: Sirohi, Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jalore, and Marwar, also known as Marwar colloquially.

33 of the 200 Assembly seats, including 10 in the Jodhpur district, are located in the Jodhpur division. There are now 14 seats held by the BJP, 17 by the Congress, and one each by the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party and Independents.

“The OBC community is huge. With the BJP philosophy, that is. We now have 27 ministers from this group, a first for the BJP government. The Narendra Modi administration has also granted the OBC commission constitutional legitimacy, according to Poonia.