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Kalyan gives a start and takes off

NATIONAL BJP vice-president Kalyan Singh disappeared from the ongoing Nyay Yatra after addressing public meetings in his Bulandshahr Lok Sabha constituency yesterday.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 01:20 IST

NATIONAL BJP vice-president Kalyan Singh disappeared from the ongoing Nyay Yatra after addressing public meetings in his Bulandshahr Lok Sabha constituency yesterday.

Now the yatra is being led by newly appointed national general secretary of the party Vinay Katiyar who will do the job till the yatra ends at Bareilly on February 6.

It may be recalled that Kalyan Singh had flatly refused to lead the yatra but had later agreed under pressure from the national BJP president, who announced Kalyan Singh as the UP chief ministerial candidate of the party and declared that the BJP would go to the polls in the state under the leadership of Kalyan Singh.

Addressing public meetings in Meerut, Shamli and Burahana, Vinay Katiyar claimed that nobody could prevent Hindus from constructing a grand Ram temple at the Janmabhoomi site at Ayodhya. He, however, expressed concern over the security and safety of the Janmabhoomi as both the State and the Central Governments were least bothered about the issue.

He said that Islamist terrorism was a potential threat the world over but Mulayam Singh Yadav was not taking preventive measures against people known for links with terror outfits due to fear of losing Muslim votes. Mulayam was playing a dirty and dangerous game putting at stake the very unity and integrity of the nation for petty political gains, he added.

Katiyar reiterated that Kalyan Singh, who gave the best governance in the past, would be the chief minister, if the BJP came to power and dubbed the Mulayam Government as the worst ever in the state.

Kalyan Singh, while addressing public meetings at Hapur, Meerut and Bulandshahr yesterday once again revived the vital issues which the BJP had left to continue in power. He vehemently denied that the party ever dropped issues like Ram Janmabhoomi temple, Common Civil Code or Hinduism from its agenda and claimed that it was still committed to them. Kalyan Singh expressed the confidence that the BJP would get absolute majority in the Vidhan Sabha elections but ruled out possibility of any alliance with the BSP even if the BJP failed to win enough seats to form the Government. He said the main purpose of the Nyay Yatra was to revive confidence and faith among the people who were living under constant threat and fear in the Mulayam’s ‘jungle raj’. He said that corruption was at its peak and condemned reservation in educational institutions, including AMU, on the basis of religion and regretted that Hindu youths were being discriminated against.

An unholy nexus of politicians, industrialists, corrupt bureaucrats and the mafia was looting the State exchequer in every possible way with the blessings of the Samajwadi Party and Mulayam Singh Yadav and people were looking forward to get rid of the corrupt, inefficient and mafia-dominated State government. How long Muslims would allow politicians to use them as pawns, Kalyan Singh asked and advised them not to be victim of vested interests and think about their betterment and uplift.

Meanwhile, Bihar’s Cultural Affairs Minister Janardan Singh Sigriwal announced here yesterday that the Nitesh Kumar Government had set up an administrative reforms commission headed by former a Chief Secretary of Jharkhand for overhauling of the administration in Bihar.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 01:20 IST