CM’s first visit to Raghunath temple on the eve of Raksha Bandhan

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To reach out to people of Jammu, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is visiting the historic Shri Raghunath temple on Raksha Bandhan. After offering prayers at the temple, the CM will visit the Raghunath Bazaar in the heart of the walled city.

This will be her first visit to the temple after becoming the CM. Her visit to the temple is significant as her statement on Article 35-A vis-à-vis the national flag has already stirred a controversy and the BJP — which runs a coalition with the PDP, is facing the wrath of Jammu residents.Furthermore, the decision of the government to convert 49 posts of Assistant Professors in the Kashmiri language for degree colleges of Jammu has already created apprehension of “cultural aggression” among residents of the region. Her visit would be considered as a relief for the BJP in the Jammu region.

Highly placed sources said the CM would arrive in Jammu on Sunday to chair a meeting of the Advisory Board for the Development of the Scheduled Castes on the same day.“As emotions of the people of Jammu are attached with the historic Raghunath temple, the Chief Minister has decided to visit the temple on Raksha Bandhan to strike an emotional chord with Jammu people,” a source said, adding that the CM would interact with shopkeepers of Raghunath Bazaar to review the developmental projects in the heritage market.

“As Raghunath Bazaar is part of the heritage and history of Jammu, the CM will convene a meeting of officials and shopkeepers of the market to review the progress of the ongoing beautification projects of the market,” a source said.

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