?Deshi? Katiyar to file papers today
FIREBRAND BJP leader Vinay Katiyar will file his nomination papers at the Rae Bareli collectorate at 10 am on Thursday.In fact, Katiyar launched his election campaign soon after the announcement of his candidature by the party president Rajnath Singh in Varanasi, saying that ?Ye deshi dewar ka videshi bhabhi se muqabala hoga.?Updated: Apr 20, 2006 00:44 IST
FIREBRAND BJP leader Vinay Katiyar will file his nomination papers at the Rae Bareli collectorate at 10 am on Thursday.
In fact, Katiyar launched his election campaign soon after the announcement of his candidature by the party president Rajnath Singh in Varanasi, saying that “Ye deshi dewar ka videshi bhabhi se muqabala hoga.”
National BJP general secretary Pramod Mahajan, state party president Keshri Nath Tripathi and other state BJP leaders will accompany Katiyar who will leave for Rae Bareli from the State BJP Office at 8 am tomorrow. Senior BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi and Venkaiah Naidu are also expected to be by Katiyar’s side.
Since she is not facing any challenge, her victory is a forgone conclusion, mainly due to her work in the constituency and the Gandhi-Nehru family background, besides her popularity and continuous rapport with the people of Rae Bareli.
All the three candidates against Sonia belong to backward castes. While Vinay Katiyar of the BJP and Ram Kumar Chaudhary of the SP are Kurmis, Uma Bharti’s nominee Prabha Singh is a Lodh. Though the combined strength of Kurmis and Lodhs is over one lakh in the constituency, they are not in a position to ensure victory of any individual. Going by the past voting pattern in the constituency, the votes will be split giving an edge to Sonia Gandhi.
Presence of Katiyar in Rae Bareli will, however, make the campaigning colourful and interesting as he will obviously raise his favourite issues of Ram Janmabhumi, Hinduism, failure of the UPA and commendable work of the NDA government.
Money will obviously flow in Rae Bareli as there is no dearth of funds with the Congress and the BJP has reportedly announced a financial assistance of Rs 1 crore to Katiyar.
Meanwhile, Raj Nath Singh on Wednesday accused the UPA Government of compromising on the country’s safety and security.
Speaking at a public meeting in Jaunpur in the second leg of his ongoing Bharat Suraksha Yatra, Singh said terrorism was on the rise, mainly because no preventive measures were taken to check infiltration or control their activities.
Condemning the Mulayam Government for its failure on all fronts, Singh regretted that the Government, in a way, was helping the terrorists and the ISI to set up their centres in the State and accused Mulayam Singh Yadav of playing vote politics.
First Published: Apr 20, 2006 00:44 IST