Gadkari, Varun visit Sankar Deb's birth place

Batadrava (Assam): BJP president Nitin Gadkari and national secretary Varun Gandhi on Wednesday visited the birth place of Assam's Vaishnavite saint Sri Sri Sankar Deb.

Driving straight from the Guwahati airport, the BJP leaders sought blessings at the Batadrava Satra holy shrine.

They also looked around the shrine built at the birth place of the 16th century social and religious reformer Sri Sri Sankar Deb who laid the foundation for Assam's literature, culture, dance and music.

Gadkari and Gandhi were accompanied by BJP all India general secretary Vijay Goel, Nagaon MP Rajen Gohain, Guwahati MP Bijoya Chakraborty, state president Ranjit Dutta, besides other party leaders.

They then drove to nearby Nagaon, home town of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, where a public rally would be held.

This is the first time the BJP is addressing a mass rally in the state after the AGP severed its ties with the saffron party after the seat sharing arrangement for next year's Assembly election failed.

Public meetings have also been organised today by the BJP in various places of Morigaon, Sonitpur, Golaghat and Karbi Anglong districts, party activists said.