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RSS-BJP chalk out strategy for assembly poll

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 01:34 IST
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THE RSS-BJP combine has chalked out a detailed strategy to cash in on the prevailing anti-government sentiments in people. Encouraged by the voting pattern in the recently-concluded civic poll, leaders of both the Hindu outfits finalised a plan in this regard after a series of meetings.

Leaders of both the bodies unanimously felt that the BJP should make efforts to maintain the momentum gained from unexpectedly favourable results of the civic poll by launching continuous campaigns and programmes till  the Vidhan Sabha elections.

To begin with, the RSS would mobilise support through its vast network for proposed rallies and demonstrations at all the district headquarters on November 17 in protest against the alleged rigging, booth capturing and blatant misuse of the Government machinery in the recently-concluded civic poll. It would utilise its volunteers and ‘shakhas’ for creating an atmosphere in favour of the BJP
The RSS would actively participate in the proposed Anti-Terrorism march at Varanasi (November 20) and Ayodhya (November 21). The march will be organised against the demand of clemency for Afzal by certain political parties.

Dr Murli Manohar Joshi and Arun Jaitley would lead the march in Varanasi and Ayodhya respectively. Almost all the senior BJP leaders, including state BJP chief Keshari Nath Tripathi, Lalji Tandon and Kalyan Singh, would participate in the march. Apart from this, final touches were being given to detailed programmes, to be soon launched by the BJP all over the State to mobilise support for the saffron brigade.

RSS representatives, who held discussions with BJP leaders to decide the poll planks and strategy, include Suresh Rao Ketkar, Ashok Beri, Rakesh Kumar, Ram Lal and Sanjay Joshi.

The BJP leaders, according to those who attended the meetings, were of the opinion that though banners, posters and other publicity material helped in creating awareness about party’s agenda, there was no alternative to personal contact and direct dialogue with the people, particularly in rural areas, where the BJP was comparatively weak.

BJP’s national vice-president and former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh was said to be in favour of highlighting the issue of Hinduism effectively, besides that of appeasement of Muslims by Congress, Samajwadi Party and the BSP at the cost of the interests of Hindus. ‘Rashtravad versus kattarpanthi’ should be the main theme, Rajnath is said to have opined.

Meanwhile, a constituency-wise analysis of the civic poll results, to identify weaker pockets and accordingly intensify campaigning in those areas, is being done by the BJP.

The need of the hour was to sink all differences and work devotedly for the Vidhan Sabha elections, as the party felt it was the best opportunity to dislodge the Mulayam government and win adequate number of seats independently to form the government in the State.