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MP polls: BJP will launch campaign soon

india Updated: Nov 07, 2008 20:24 IST

After completing the gruelling task of selecting the party candidates for the November 27 assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, BJP on Friday announced that it will launch its poll campaign officially from November 10 in the state.

Top BJP leaders including party President Rajnath Singh, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj, Anant Kumar, Vinay Katiyar, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and others will launch the party's poll campaign on November 10, Tomar told reporters here today.

The party has finally decided to contest 229 seats in the state leaving Katni seat for its NDA partner, Janata Dal (U) following directives from the party's central office, he said.

He informed that the party has given tickets to 23 women this time as compared to 18 in the year 2003. In the last polls 15 women candidates emerged victorious, he said adding this time also their strength will increase.

To a question on resentment among the party leaders on the issue of not selecting the right candidate, Tomar said that, as the party has become a mass-based organisation therefore naturally number of ticket seekers will also grow.

However, he said that it was not possible to allot ticket to all of them and added the resentment among them will also settle down soon.

On the issue of the party manifesto, he said that it will be released in a couple of days.

He said that development carried out by the BJP government in the state, inflation, terrorism and step-motherly treatment meted out to the state by the Centre will be the major poll issues during the hustings.