BJP on drought-hit Bundelkhand visit from March 3

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Lucknow, Feb 23 (UNI) Close on the heels of the Congress, the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Uttar Pradesh Governor T V Rajeswar visiting the drought hit Bundelkhand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is about to visit the region.

UP BJP unit Vice-president and spokesperson Hriday Narayan Dixit today said party president Rajnath Singh would be on a three-day visit to the impoverished Bundelkhand from March 3.

As per the plan, Mr Singh would address a gathering in Karbi area of Chitrakoot on first day of his visit.

On March 4, the BJP president would address gatherings in Banda and Hamirpur, besides taking stock of the situations in the villages that have become ''farmers suicidal,'' Mr Dixit informed.

Mr Singh would also address gatherings in Jhansi and Lalitpur, he said, adding a committee led by BJP Legislature party leader Om Prakash Singh had already visited Bundelkhand.

AICC General Secretary and youth MP Rahul Gandhi had visited the drought affected Bundelkhand region last month, and fired salvo at UP Chief Minister Mayawati for misappropriation of funds provided by the Centre.

The Amethi MP had also assured a separate Bundelkhand state to the people.

In a scathing attack on Rahul during her rally in Jhansi, Ms Mayawati had termed his visit to the impoverished region as a ''political stunt.'' The CM had reiterated the demand of a Rs 80,000 crore package from the Centre, saying she was still awaiting reply from the Central government in this regard.

UP Governor T V Rajeswar also took stock of situations in the region.

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