Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the famous pilgrim town of Amarkantak in Anuppur in Madhya Pradesh today. The place is famous at the origin place of three rivers including the Narmada.
While Amarkantak has several mythological stories attached to it, the place is considered jinxed as leaders who have visited the pilgrim town have lost their chair in the past.
THE JINXED STORY OF AMARKANTAK
1. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited Amarkantak in 1982. Gandhi was assassinated two years after her visit to this town in 1984.
2. Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Sundarlal Patwa toured Amarkantak just before the Babri mosque demolition in December, 1992. He had step down soon after.
3. Arjun Singh, who served a Madhya Pradesh CM from 1980 to 1985, paid a visit to Amarkantak. The visit proved costly for him as he lost his chair.
4.Uma Bharti, who currently is a minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet, visited Amarkantak as the CM of Madhya Pardesh in 2004. She had to make way for Babulal Gaur a few days after the visit to this town.
5. Former Vice-President Bhairon Singh Sekhawat also had to lose his position after his visit to Amarkantak. Sekhawat was on the top post from 2002 to 2007.
Almost all the leaders who visited the Amarkantak through helicopter faced the same fate. Leaders have now been avoiding air travel to the town and instead prefer travelling by road. However, PM Narendra Modi took a chopper from Jabalpur to reach Amarkantak today.
AMARKANTAK NOT THE ONLY JINXED TOWN
Famous as Uttar Pradesh’s tech city, Noida has proved unlucky for leaders visiting the city just ahead of Assembly elections.
Noida jinx, as per political circles, has in the past caught up with several chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, including Veer Bahadur Singh, Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Kalyan Singh and Mayawati, who lost their chairs soon after visiting the city
The jinx started in 1988 when former Chief Minister Vir Bahadur Singh lost power within days of visiting Noida that year.
Later in 1997, Mayawati lost power after visiting Noida.
Earlier, in 1989, N D Tiwari and 10 years later, in 1999, Kalyan Singh suffered the same fate.
In 1995, Mulayam was out of power within months of his Noida visit.
The last one was Mayawati, who lost power in 2012 Assembly elections after she flew down to Noida in October 2011 to inaugurate the Dalit Prerna Sthal.
Akhilesh Yadav too avoided visit to Noida when he was the chief minster.