In what is being called as yet another Hindutva pitch, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has said that it will have the recitation of Sundar Kand every Tuesday. On Tuesday morning, AAP's MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj tweeted that there will a Sundar Kand event at 4.30 PM at Chirag Delhi's Ancient Shiv Mandir.
Sundar Kand is a part of Hindu epic Ramayana which describes the adventures of Lord Hanuman. As per mythology, Lord Hanuman was called “Sundara” by his mother.
हर महीने के पहले मंगलवार को सुन्दर कांड का पाठ अलग अलग इलाकों में किया जाएगा।— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) February 18, 2020
निमंत्रण- सुन्दर काण्ड
शाम 4:30 बजे
18 फरवरी, मंगलवार
प्राचीन शिव मंदिर, चिराग दिल्ली
(निकट चिराग दिल्ली मेट्रो स्टेशन गेट नo1) pic.twitter.com/CwGAXzAW5r
Speaking to Republic TV, AAP MLA Bharadwaj said: "I think Hanuman ji is running the entire country, so our government is a small thing. It was Hanuman ji who helped Lord Rama and Laxman. He has always helped people. Whenever someone talks about loyalty, in problems, people pray to Lord Hanuman."
Greater Kailash AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj: Recitation of Ramayana's Sunder Kanda will be held in different areas (of his constituency) on first Tuesday of every month to take blessings of Lord Hanuman. We've received advanced booking as well as sponsors for the programmes. #Delhi pic.twitter.com/ieOGXkgjjh— ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2020
This development comes after Delhi CM Kejriwal called himself a "Hanuman Bhakht" and recited Hanuman Chalisa ahead of polls. In his victory speech, he also thanked Lord Hanuman."This is the day of Lord Hanuman who has blessed the people of Delhi. We pray that Hanuman Ji keeps showing the right path to us so that we continue to serve people for the next five years." He also visited the Ancient Hanuman Temple at Delhi CP after his party swept the assembly polls. The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP swept the Delhi Assembly elections with a whopping majority of 62 seats out of the 70-seat Assembly. The remaining eight seats were bagged by BJP, while the Congress secured none.
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