After playing Hindutva card and three-day brainstorming, the Bharatiya Janata Party feels this was time for action. So, it served a notice on the Congress-led UPA government for ‘turning a blind eye’ towards sufferings of aam admi and announced a major jan jagaran and agitation programme to bring all such problems into focus.
There would be yatras and rallies in all districts. So would be signature campaigns, formation of human chains and the Jail Bharo agitations to oppose the UPA regime.
Calling the UPA a rag-tag coalition, the BJP says the two and a half year performance suggested that the UPA government was betraying promises made to people at a faster pace than ever.
A resolution titled aam aadmi ke saath vishwasghaat adopted at the concluding day of three-day BJP conclave listed seven major demands and said failure to meet them would mean inviting wrath of people and endanger survival of the UPA government in office.
Senior BJP leader Venkiah Naidu moved a resolution that also carried a table indicating prices of essential commodities in December 2006 vis-à-vis the prices during NDA regime in May 2006.
Other issues listed in the resolution included the demand for waiver of farmers’ interest, high interest rate on Employees’ Provident Fund and redesigning of National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme.
It demanded that UPA should adopt the document that the BJP has prepared on SEZs. A demand not to allot fertile land and set up inquiry on setting up the SEZs was also made there.
Addressing the concluding session of the national council meeting the BJP President Rajnath Singh said the three month ‘Jan Jagaran’ campaign would begin with ‘yatras’ to be taken out in every district from January 16, to February 16, 2007.
All ‘yatras’ would culminate in to a major rally on the final day, he said. The BJP Yuva Morcha would launch a signature campaign against the delay in the hanging of the parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru.
A memorandum carrying one crore signatures would be submitted to President, he said adding the Mahila Morcha would form human chains at all district headquarters on February 8 and 9, 2007.
In the second phase of the agitation programme the BJP would hold ‘kisan adalats’ to focus on farmers’ suicides while a ‘jail bharo’ agitation would be launched in April and May 2007.
Taking a stock of the two and a half month tenure of the UPA government the resolution said the every passing month of UPA regime validated charges that Congress ka haath aam admi ke saath had become Congress ka haath aam admi se vishwasghat and Congress ka haath khaas admi ke saath.”
About the first charge of betraying the people the resolution said the unprecedented price rise was unleashing untold hardships on the common man.
On the second charge, the resolution said the Bombay stock exchange’s sensitive index had crossed 13,500 while no attending was being paid to ever rising farmers’ suicide index.
Significantly the BJP’s resolution focusing on the problem of the ‘aam admi’ came a day after the party decided to play Hindutva card yet again.