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Katiyar is BJP man from Rae Bareli

AFTER VACILLATING for some time over a suitable and strong candidate against Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the by-polls to the prestigious Rae Bareli seat, the BJP on Tuesday announced the name of firebrand leader Vinay Katiyar, a strong critic of the Congress chief, for the by-polls, to be held on May 8.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 01:25 IST

AFTER VACILLATING for some time over a suitable and strong candidate against Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the by-polls to the prestigious Rae Bareli seat, the BJP on Tuesday announced the name of firebrand leader Vinay Katiyar, a strong critic of the Congress chief, for the by-polls, to be held on May 8.

The decision to field the former Bajrang Dal chief was taken at a meeting Rajnath Singh had with senior party leaders from Uttar Pradesh, including state unit chief Kesari Nath Tripathi and senior leaders Kalraj Mishra and party national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, in Varanasi today, party sources said.

Katiyar, who was initially reluctant to contest the by-election, was persuaded as the party wanted a senior backward class leader to minimise the impact of expelled leader Uma Bharti, who is backing a backward candidate belonging to Apna Dal in the prestigious constituency. “The fight between Sonia Gandhi and Katiyar would be very interesting,” said party chief Rajnath Singh and exhorted party workers to throng the constituency during  nomination process of the party’s candidate.

Addressing a rally on the DAV degree college ground here on Tuesday evening, Rajnath Singh expressed his anguish over Sonia Gandhi’s resignation from Parliament saying it was a step taken more out of compulsion.

Rajnath said the BJP had wanted her to face an inquiry by the Election Commission and not seeking confidence of the people by from contesting from Rae Bareli.

Commenting over the ‘wrong policies’ of the UPA, he cited examples of reservation on religious basis, conversion of the poor by Christian missionaries, removal of Pota, growing terrorism and nuclear deal with the US.  He accused the SP and BSP for supporting the UPA on the issue of Pota removal, boosting the morale of terrorists in the process.

He said the UPA was trying to create a crack in the society in the name of reservation on the basis of religion. Such reservation was introduced in Andhra Pradesh but the Supreme Court intervened and stopped it. The same thing was going to be happed in Aligarh Muslim university. He said his party would finish reservation on religion basis after coming to power at the Centre. Singh will launch his second phase of Bharat Suraksha Yatra from the Circuit House on Wednesday morning to cover several districts of UP and Uttaranchal.