BJP GenSec meet to continue preparatory meetings for mid-term poll

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New Delhi, Oct 17 (UNI) The BJP today decided to continue with its preparatory meetings for facing a possible mid-term poll notwithstanding the impasse batween the UPA government and the Left over the nuclear deal ending.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the party general secretaries, presided over by BJP president Rajnath Singh.

The meeting felt that despite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh conveying the difficulties in operationalisation of the nuclear pact to the US, mid-term elections were possible.

The meeting, which was attended among others by Mr Arun Jaitley, Mr Anant Kumar, Mr Om Mathur, Mr Vinay Katiyar, Mr Bal Apte and Mr Ram Lal, also decided to support the farmers especially the rice grower over their demands for parity in the Minimum Support Price(MSP) offered for wheat.

Talking to newspersons, former BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu said the party empathised with demands of the rice growers who demanded the MSP of Rs 1000 per quintal of paddy.

Presently, the MSP for paddy is Rs 675 per quintal.

Mr Naidu said the party will take up the cause of the rice growers and meet the Prime Minister after his return to the country.

''The party will launch a nation wide agitation in support of paddy farmers if there was no favorable response,'' Mr Naidu added.


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