Cong in a bind over Ram Van Path Yatra
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh Congress appears to be in a bind over the Ram Van Gaman Path Yatra started by one Harishankar Shukla of Chitrakoot. State Congress chief Kamal Nath had announced last month that his party will construct the Ram Van Gaman Path in Chikrakoot, said to be the abode of Lord Ram for 11 of the 14 years of his exile and is also the place where poet-saint Tulsidas wrote his version of the Ramayana epic. Nath’s announcement was aimed at cornering chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who had on different occasions promised to construct the path to tell the story about Ram’s stay in Chitrakoot, but the proposal was never implemented. The Congress had formed a committee and the yatra was launched. The Congress, however, distanced itself after the rath (bus) used in Shukla’s yatra was seized by the Dindori district administration on Tuesday night following a complaint by a local BJP leader.