We will win 292 in UP next year: BJP
Though the BJP has not decided its chief ministerial candidate for the 2012 assembly elections, it is able to project how many seats it will win - 292 - of the 403 in the House.lucknow Updated: Jan 17, 2011 00:42 IST
Though the BJP has not decided its chief ministerial candidate for the 2012 assembly elections, it is able to project how many seats it will win - 292 - of the 403 in the House.
How did the party reach the figure of "292"?
MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, a member of the party's core team on UP, said: "These seats are those in which we did well at some point, specially post-delimitation. So we feel if we are able to get it right, by making the people aware of how the ruling BSP, SP and the Congress have only flattered to deceive them, getting close to this mark (292) shouldn't come as a surprise."
MP Rajnath Singh, who is former UP chief minister, told the workers to set a target of ensuring that the BJP won at least 200 seats so that it could form the government on its own.
Asked if the party would project any leader ahead of the UP polls, Naqvi said, "There is no dearth of leaders in the party. However, we have still not decided on projecting someone. We might go to the people collectively."
The party's core team, which has in it Rajnath Singh and senior national vice-presidents Naqvi and Kalraj Mishra, was in Lucknow on Sunday to draft the BJP's mission 2012 blueprint.
The party congratulated itself on the "success" of the month-long gaon chalo (go to villages) campaign, which concluded on Saturday.
UP BJP president Surya Pratap Shahi said, "Encouraged by the feedback from the party workers (of the roughly 50,000 villages in the state the party managed to reach 30,000) it has been decided to extend the campaign till January 31."
Apart from the NDA rally in Kanpur on February 5, the party will be holding public meetings in UP's major cities such as Lucknow, Gorakhpur and Varanasi.
Between February 12 and March 15, it is going to stage demonstrations against the state government in all the blocks of the state on issues of public concern.