BJP NATIONAL president Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday forayed into the cracked citadel of Uma Bharti barely ten days after the party’s victory in the Bada Malehra by-election.
Without naming Uma Bharti, the Chief Minister attacked the “Bundelkhand ki beti” for ‘neglecting’ development of the region in the last 20 years she was an MP and then chief minister. He also announced Bundelkhand Development Authority for the region’s development. Significantly, Rajnath Singh announced after the inaugural function that Shivraj Singh would be the
BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for the forthcoming assembly election in MP slated in 2008.
Among the three BJP Chief Ministers the State saw in the nearly three years of party rule, fastest pace of development was recorded during Chouhan’s tenure, he claimed.
Both the announcements are politically significant, given the Bharatiya Janshakti party’s challenge to the ruling party, especially in Bundelkhand.
Addressing a farmers’ meeting at Khargapur Rajnath Singh said the delay in carrying out Afzal’s death sentence is a result of vote-bank politics.
He asked people to write to the President and the Prime Minister to seek “immediate execution” of the Supreme Court order on Afzal.
“UPA has dented country’s self-respect by resuming dialogue with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in Havana and even proposing to form a joint anti-terror mechanism,” Singh said.
“After the Mumbai train blasts and evidence linking it with Pakistani Intelligence agency ISI, India had announced to refrain from talks till the neighbouring country took initiatives to curb cross-border terrorism,” he said.
He accused the Centre of practicing politics of appeasement in repealing POTA, which had proved “effective” in curbing terrorism.
Reacting to the BJP leaders visit to Tikamgarh, Bharatiya Janshakti national general secretary Prahlad Patel said it showed the BJP’s desperation to defend its base against the Janshakti’s bright prospects but the gimmicks will not work.