It will be a two-phase ceremony
POLITICAL temperatures in this temple town were at high on Saturday with prominent leaders and supporters of Uma Bharti started flocking in to attend the launching of her new party tomorrow.india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 15:01 IST
POLITICAL temperatures in this temple town were at high on Saturday with prominent leaders and supporters of Uma Bharti started flocking in to attend the launching of her new party tomorrow.
Bharti loyalists were busy giving final touches to the arrangements. They claimed that over 25,000 supporters from different states would attend the ‘Prakotsav’, the name given to the ceremony.
Bharti and other leaders including Madanlal Khurana, Vasavrao Patil, Raghunandan Sharma, Sanghpriya Gautam, Prahlad Patel, Amrut Tarawala, Ramesh Saxena and Ganesh Singh are reaching here late tonight.
Bharti would attend the Bhasma Aarti at Mahakaleshwar Temple in the wee hours on Sunday. She will also visit different temples but the two-phased launching ceremony would begin at 2 pm with Jhanda (flag) pujan at the Mahakal. After the pujan, leaders would reach Tower Chowk in a rally.
Here, Bharti is scheduled to announce the name of the new political outfit. The constitution of the new formation will also be released on Sunday. Massive arrangements have been made at different city hotels for leaders and at Nanakhera Stadium for workers.
Meanwhile, the BJP is keeping a close vigil at every activity and development, particularly after the resignation of vice-president Raghunandan Sharma. The party has warned that strict action would be taken if any worker were seen at the programme.
‘BJP has forsaken ideology’
VETERAN LEADER and former Union minister Sanghpriya Gautam, who has served Bharatiya Janata Party in various capacities for years, has charged the party with deflecting completely from its ideology. Gautam arrived here this morning to join the new outfit being formed by expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti here tomorrow.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Gautam said issues like abolishment of section 370, Common Civil Code and Ram Temple have vanished from the agenda and the party had formed coalitions with regional parties even when the ideologies were quite different. He said the result of craving power and mismatched alliances has left the workers confused.
On the issue of Uma Bharti, Gautam felt that the BJP had betrayed her by not reinstating her as chief minister after she was exonerated in the Tricolour episode by the Hubli court.
He said the BJP had got votes in her name in the Assembly elections. When asked about the scope for new political party, Gautam said this was the era of coalition government and efforts would be made to achieve at least 10-20 Assembly seats in each state so as to have a say in formation of governments.