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Convert public trust into support, says Rajnath

BJP president Rajnath Singh on Thursday set up a central election management and coordination committee, reports Shekhar Iyer.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2007 01:54 IST
Shekhar Iyer
Shekhar Iyer

In his first act to put the party in the election gear, BJP president Rajnath Singh on Thursday set up a central election management and coordination committee with party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Navi as the in-charge.

Singh wants the party machinery in not just the poll-bound states but all over the country to develop a system that is geared up to handle all poll-related work. "We have a number of assembly polls this year and next year too before the Lok Sabha polls are held in 2009. We have to be in a poll gear all the time," he said.

Singh says, "the BJP will have to learn to create and convert public trust into public support, which in turn should become the mandate."

Singh, who has just won a fresh three-year term as party chief, is to announce a new team of office-bearers before the end of this month, possibly after January 15.

Singh, who has listed the organisational tone-up as his first priority, had already indicated at the recent conclave at Lucknow that he intends to reward those who are disciplined and work hard while making it clear that there would be no place for "delinquents" who cannot abide by the demands of the ideology and discipline.

But, on Thursday, Singh said, "all those who are on my team are already working hard." This was in response to a query whether he would axe anyone.

Naqvi and his team will first focus on Uttaranchal, Punjab and Manipur where the assembly polls will be held next month. Later on, the focus will shift to Uttar Pradesh which has been divided into six zones for an "intensive" cadre mobilisation.

The BJP chief said he wanted a system that gave regular information and feedback about the activities received from the election bound states. He wants a door-to-door mode of campaign rather than media blitz.

On Thursday, the BJP chief criticised UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav over his failure to visit the Nithari village, the site of serial killings of children at Noida. He expressed surprise over the state government not recommending a CBI inquiry.

On the seat sharing talks with the Akali Dal for Punjab, Singh said, "talks are still on with the Akalis, it is not decided yet, but I would like to remind that we contested 23 seats (of the 117) in the last elections in Punjab." The Akalis want the BJP to contest only 22 seats.

Later, the BJP chief who staunchly opposes acquisition of farmland for industrial projects said that he would inquire about news reports about a similar acquisition in Chattissgarh from his party which is in power there.

Earlier in the day, the BJP chief held a meeting with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Advani who had held discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over ties with Pakistan and other neighbouring countries.

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