Capture Delhi after Karnataka: Rajnath Singh

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New Delhi, Jun 1: Upbeat after its victory in Karnataka, the BJP today virtually sounded 'begul' for wresting power at the Centre, exhorting its rank and file to be ready for the 2009 Lok Sabha elections and the coming polls in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. Inaugurating the party's two-day National Executive meeting at the Parliament Annexe here today, BJP president Rajnath Singh asserted that ''the seat of power in Delhi is not far from us.

We will need to tirelessly work in the coming days''. He emphasised the need to concentrate on the youth vote which could play a major role in change of power at the Centre. ''We all are aware that the youth is always the conduit for change. Youth power is said to be national power. We need to apply ourselves in great detail about how the youth of the country will consider the BJP as their organisation. How they will be drawn to our aims and objectives and how they will lean towards our party,'' Mr Singh said.

Renewing the BJP's commitment to Hindutva ideology, he maintained that the party stood for cultural nationalism, reiterating the party's demand for scraping of Article 370 and implementation of the Uniform Civil Code in the country. The party was committed to preserve the national unity and integrity and believed in true secularism, he said, sending a clear message to the minorities to come into BJP's fold without any apprehensions.

Urging the workers to work for the party's geographical, social, political and cultural expansion, he asked them to reach out to every village across the country to establish first hand contact with them to make them understand the BJP's ideology and form teams at every village booth.

''If we succeed on this front, which I am confident that we will achieve, then that day is not far when on the ramparts of the Red Fort, our Prime Ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani will address the entire country,'' he said.

Mr Rajnath Singh said, ''The blossoming of lotus in Karnataka is a message of blossoming of lotus in south India, the long-term impact of which will be visible in the years to come. ''The victory of Karnataka is a vote of confidence given by the people in answer to politics of duplicity,'' he said indirectly referring to the manner in which Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda had resorted to the politics of opportunism and betrayal.

He said the people had believed the Congress' claim of being the largest party in the country both in terms of political and geographical spread. ''The BJP is now the ruling party in 11 states,'' he said describing the party as the front-runner in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP president lambasted the UPA Government for its failure on all fronts and especially in checking the price rise, inflation and held it responsible for the food crisis prevailing in the country.

On the farmers' suicides, he mocked at the Government's announcement of Rs 72,000 crore loan waiver asking how much loans of the farmers had been written off till date.

He appealed to all political parties to collectively build pressure on the UPA government to convene a special session of Parliament to discuss the agrarian crisis. ''The government must come forward with a 10-year-long programme for solving agrarian and food crisis.'' Similarly, the Sixth Pay Commission report had left various groups, particularly military and paramilitary personnel, dissatisfied resulting in a lot of heartburn, he said.

He said that while the UPA and its allies were demanding the disbanding of Salva Judum movement against Naxals in Chhattisgarh, the Left party workers were themselves heaping atrocities on hapless workers in Singur and Nandigram in West Bengal, killing workers of non-Left parties including the BJP.

He alleged that government machinery was used to terrorise unarmed people. The Left party coalition was doing the same in Kannur in Kerala displaying its undemocratic and violent mindset, he added.

Accusing the Left parties of supporting violence as a policy, the BJP president said the loss of mandate for the CPI-M in the recently concluded elections in West Bengal was a development worth watching where the ruling alliance had lost 20 to 30 per cent of village panchayats. ''This is the first sign of erosion of the base of leftists in West Bengal,'' he remarked.

Touching upon Ram Setu, the BJP president said at a time when Sri Lanka was officially acknowledging the historicity and religious sanctity of all sites associated with 'Ramayana' in its territory, the events happening in India had made the government to hang its head in shame.

He said the wrong policies and intentions of the Centre towards the overall environment was having extremely pessimistic and psychological impact on the people at a time when they were seeing the achievements of the scientists.

He, however, commended the successful launching of ten satellites by the Indian Space Research Organisation and said the strategic power of the country had immensely increased by the successful testing of Agni III Medium Range Ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads up to 3000 km range. He also conveyed his sense of gratitude to former President A P J Abdul Kalam for his contributions to Pokhran II tests.

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