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RSS to control BJP poll campaign

india Updated: Aug 09, 2006 01:44 IST
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CONCERNED OVER the ongoing infighting and groupism within the BJP, the Rashtriya Swyamsewak Sangh (RSS) has decided to take over fully the election campaigning for the saffron brigade in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections.

The RSS, it may be recalled, had withdrawn three organising secretaries — HN Singh, Ram Pyare and JP Chaturvedi — who were deputed earlier in the party, soon after the BJP debacle in the last Vidhan Sabha elections.

However, the RSS had once again posted the three organising secretaries in the party a few days back with a resolve to control and manage the BJP’s campaigning in the Assembly elections. Some more full-timers of the RSS will soon be deputed in the BJP for full control over the organisation and to chalk out a detailed strategy for the campaigning.

A senior BJP leader disclosed that the RSS had been insisting on door-to-door campaign instead of public meetings. All the RSS office-bearers and volunteers throughout the state have been alerted to pull up their socks and special print material is being prepared for distribution, particularly in rural areas, to highlight the misrule and failures of the UPA and Mulayam governments. Joint teams of the BJP and RSS workers/volunteers are being prepared for mass contact as the RSS this time wanted the BJP to concentrate more in rural areas since its base is comparatively better in urban areas.

In view of the controversy over the selection of party candidates for the elections, the BJP high command has asked its national general secretary Sanjay Joshi to attend at all the meetings of the State Election Committee scheduled to be held from August 10 to August 15. The committee would send its recommendations on the BJP nominees to the Central Election Committee for its final approval.

It is, however, strange that Rajnath Singh, president of the BJP, is hardly sparing any time for the State that too when all is not well in the organisation and the Assembly elections are not far off.

Meanwhile, the state BJP today ridiculed Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s call — ‘Mulayam Gaddi Choro’ — at a rally in Kanpur and said that the Mulayam Government had come to power with the Congress support and was also surviving and continuing in power because of her support. Therefore, she had no right to give such a call.  Talking to reporters here, state BJP spokesman Hirdya Narain Dixit reminded Sonia Gandhi that a Congress delegation was the first to meet the Governor and hand him over a letter extending support to Mulayam Singh Yadav when he was trying to mobilise support of adequate number of MLAs to form the Government.

Dixit said that the dirty politics of taking people for a ride by supporting Mulayam Government on the floor of the House and opposing it outside would do no good to the Congress in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections. People now know the real face of the Congress, which was directly responsible for the prevailing jungle raj in the State, he said.

He urged the Congress to formally withdraw support to the Mulayam Government if it was really interested in dislodging it.