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BJP to launch aggressive campaign for assembly polls

Written by: Staff
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Lucknow, Dec 5 (UNI) The BJP has geared up to showcase its might during a 'mega' event in the form of a national executive from December 22 when all the party bigwigs would assmeble.

The BJP is going to use the occasion to launch an aggressive party campaign for the coming assembly polls during the course of the three-day meeting of the party's national executive, national council followed by a grand rally on December 24 where the party would announce its programmes for the coming polls.

BJP, whose National President Rajnath Singh hails from UP, has asked all the party workers to make whole hearted preparations to make party events a grand success.''Prove that the BJP is still a force to reckon with and the odds are heavily tilted in its favour,''he has been reported to have told the state leadership.

'' The BJP is on a comeback trail and would not allow this opportunity to fritter away,'' the leader of the BJP legislator party Lalji Tandon said. Mr Tandon, who looks after the Lucknow parlaimentary constituency as a representative of Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee has an important role to play in the preparations for the coming National Executive of the party.

Besides Mr Singh, the party's senior leaders like former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Mr L K Advani, Mr M Venkaiah Naidu, Ms Sushma Swaraj and Mr Narendra Modi would be present to give direction to the BJP to regain power in the state.

''Our success in urban local bodies polls has proved the people of the state are disillusioned with the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government in UP and wanted change,'' the State BJP President Kesari Nath Tripathi said. He said the party would launch a relentless campaign for the assembly polls as it stood a good chance to regain power.

The prospects of the BJP were at its lowest ebb after it had received a drubbing in the 2001 assembly polls. The present BJP President was the Chief Minister on that occasion and he also has a point or two to prove in front of the party leadership to enable the BJP to make a comeback in UP.

According to BJP sources, the party leadership has decided to devote maximum time to UP considering it as the best time to improve its performance. " We want UP route to reach the Parliament hence no stone would be left unturned to pay full attention to assembly polls here," a senior BJP leader said.

In the last assembly polls, the BJP could manage only 88 seats in 403-member UP assembly ranking third after the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party and Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party.

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