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BJP names top leaders to take charge of poll-bound UP; mulls 4 rath yatras

By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Nov 19, 2021 12:25 AM IST

The rath yatras by the party’s top leaders could culminate with a massive rally in Lucknow to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-- a plan similar to the model BJP followed ahead of the 2017 UP assembly polls.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) think-tank on Thursday named party chief JP Nadda, Union home minister Amit Shah and defence minister Rajnath Singh as in-charges of the six organisational units that the party has divided Uttar Pradesh into for better management for the upcoming assembly polls.

BJP leader Rajnath Singh has been named in-charge of Awadh and Kashi region that includes the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shah has been named in-charge for Braj-Paschim region. (BLOOMBERG PHOTO.)
BJP leader Rajnath Singh has been named in-charge of Awadh and Kashi region that includes the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shah has been named in-charge for Braj-Paschim region. (BLOOMBERG PHOTO.)

This was decided at a meeting in Delhi where the party leadership also reportedly mulled over taking out four rath yatras across the poll-bound state. These rath yatras by the party’s top leaders could culminate with a massive rally in Lucknow to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-- a plan similar to the model BJP followed ahead of the 2017 UP assembly polls. The yatras could be named Vijay Sankalp Yatras, party leaders said.

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Rajnath Singh has been named in-charge of Awadh and Kashi region that includes the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shah has been named in-charge for Braj-Paschim region. Nadda will oversee the Gorakhpur-Kanpur region.

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“The party’s top leaders will interact with booth presidents and booth level workers,” party leaders said.

Nadda is expected in Uttar Pradesh for a couple of days from November 22 to fine tune the party’s strategy.

The BJP chief will also address a booth presidents’ conference in Gorakhpur on November 22 and in Kanpur on November 23 while Rajnath will address booth presidents’ conferences in Jaunpur and in Sitapur on November 25. Shah will address similar conferences in Braj and Paschim (western UP) though the dates of his interaction have not been announced so far. BJP has also named an election panel for the state headed by Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

“There is also a plan to get our top leaders to contest UP polls. The possibility of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and other leaders, who are currently MLCs, contesting is high,” BJP leaders said. The BJP has already completed verification of committees up to the booth level. The party has also announced a manifesto committee under veteran minister Suresh Khanna.

“The manifesto committee will collect feedback from across the state before finalising the manifesto,” UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev said after the meeting in Delhi that he attended with state general secretary (organization) Sunil Bansal.

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