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BJP to hold national meet on December 22, 23

The party is also planning to elect its new national president on December 23, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2006 22:48 IST

With an eye on crucial state assembly elections, the BJP has planned to hold its national council and executive committee meeting in Lucknow on December 22, 23. The party would also elect its new national president on December 23. Rajnath Singh is likely to be repeated for another presidential term.

The BJP sources said in Lucknow on Saturday that it would organise a public rally in Lucknow on December 24 and also celebrate former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s birthday on a large scale on December 25. The party said that Vajpayee, LK Advani, president Rajnath Singh would address the public rally.

The decision to hold national convention was taken at meeting here on Saturday, which was attended by senior leaders Kalyan Singh, Sanjay Joshi, Kesrinath Tripathi, Lalji Tandon and others. The party has chalked out elaborate plan for the success of four-day mega event on the eve of the elections.

The party is quite elated over unprecedented victory in recent municipal corporation elections. There is feeling in the party that it could regain its lost ground in the state and large presence of top leaders would provide added impetus to the party. With the rally the party would be launching election campaign in the state.

The state BJP president Kesrinath Tripathi said dates for national council meeting were being sent to central leadership for formal acceptance. He said law and order situation had completely crumbled in the state. Tripathi said he was quite hopeful of imposition of the President’s rule in the state.

He said free and fair elections were possible only under central rule and Congress president Sonia Gandhi had also indicated in this connection, Tripathi added.

While pointing out police-criminal nexus in pushing the state to brink, Tripathi said the kidnapping of three-year-old boy Anant in Noida had indicated failure of law and order machinery. Tripathi said civic election had given enough signals about resurgence of the party.


First Published: Nov 18, 2006 22:48 IST