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Katiyar to BJP men: Give tough fight to Sonia

VINAY KATIYAR, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominee for the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha by-election, formally launched his election campaign on Sunday. He visited different places and held meetings with the party workers.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 00:38 IST

VINAY KATIYAR, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominee for the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha by-election, formally launched his election campaign on Sunday.
He visited different places and held meetings with the party workers.

He urged the party workers to give a tough fight to Sonia Gandhi saying that as the party’s prestige was at stake, no stone should be left unturned. The public opinion was against Sonia Gandhi and the Congress-led Government at the Centre which was indulging in Muslim appeasement for political gains ignoring the Hindus’ interests, and the BJP must cash in on that feeling, he added.

Katiyar took the Mulayam-led Government to task saying that the State was being ruled by criminals and mafia and the police were working under pressure from the Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders and workers.

He termed Sonia’s resignation as a an act of cowardice and said that she resigned due to fear of being disqualified by the Election Commission. But the Congress was trying cash in on the issue saying the resignation was a great sacrifice on her part.

Under the ‘one-booth-one-youth’ formula, the party appointed in-charges for each and every both of the constituency for the polling day.

The BJP also organised a ‘havan’ and ‘Mahamritunjay jaap’ for speedy recovery of the party’s general secretary Pramod Mahajan who was shot at by his brother in his Mumbai residence. He was admitted to the Hinduja Hospital where his condition was stated to be critical.

Meanwhile, state BJP president Keshari Nath Tripathi addressed a public meeting in Pilibhit and expressed serious concern over the forced purchase of grain from farmers at the rate of Rs 650 per quintal while the private companies were paying Rs 850 for the same. Tripathi is now leading the ongoing Suraksha Yatra as BJP president Rajnath Singh had left for Mumbai on Saturday to see Pramod Mahajan.

Many local BSP and SP leaders and workers joined the BJP at Pilibhit.

First Published: Apr 24, 2006 00:38 IST