Lucknow, Jan 21: Former BJP Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Singh on Sunday maintained suspense on the advice he would give to the BJP to regain its lost ground in the crucial state. The 81-year-old leader visited Jhulel Park here where the BJP is set to hold its Atal Shankhnaad rally on Monday to oversee the last-minute preparations.
Singh was accompanied by Rajbir Singh, his son and the chief of Rashtriya Kranti Party (RKP), which the senior leader had floated in 2010 after quitting the saffron party.
The rally is a significant one for it will witness the merger of Singh's RKP with the BJP.
State BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpayi, who was also present at the venue, said the rally will showcase the strength of a united BJP and most of the party's central and state leaders are set to share the dais. Prominent leaders of the party, including, party chief Nitin Gadkari, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalraj Mishra, Rajnath Singh, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Vinay Katiyar, Varun Gandhi and others are among the participants at the rally that will blow the bugle for the next big polls.
Besides Bajpayi, other state BJP leaders like Hukkum Singh, Surya Pratap Sahi and others are also likely to attend the meet. Two leaders, Kesri Nath Tripathi and Om Prakash Singh will not be present, however, due to prior engagements and they said to have informed the party about it. Bajpayi said there was no political reason for their absence.
During the rally, Gadkari will announce the launch of 1800 1022024, a toll-free number to help party workers and people to register complaints and offer suggestions to the party. The plan is to galvanise the party supporters, who allegedly feel left out owing to indifferent approach of the leaders.
The BJP state leadership, which is excited over the occasion, said 50,000 people will be present to greet the merger of the two parties. That, of course, excludes 12,000 RKP workers, who will join the BJP along with Rajbir.