Nyaya Yatra: Kalyan has a change of heart

BJP NATIONAL president Rajnath Singh flagged off the second phase of the Nyaya Yatra at Dadri (Ghaziabad) on Monday. Kalyan Singh, who had earlier plainly refused to lead the yatra, surprised everyone by his presence on the occasion. The ?change of heart? of Kalyan Singh is being attributed to Rajnath Singh?s announcement that Kalyan will be the party?s chief ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 01:43 IST

BJP NATIONAL president Rajnath Singh flagged off the second phase of the Nyaya Yatra at Dadri (Ghaziabad) on Monday. Kalyan Singh, who had earlier plainly refused to lead the yatra, surprised everyone by his presence on the occasion. The ‘change of heart’ of Kalyan Singh is being attributed to Rajnath Singh’s announcement that Kalyan will be the party’s chief ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh.

However, there is hardly any possibility of the BJP coming to power in the State in the existing political scenario. It is also not clear whether Kalyan’s role in the yatra ends with his presence at the flag off ceremony or whether he would lead the yatra later also.

Kalyan Singh in his address claimed that the Nyaya Yatra would ultimately prove ‘Parivartan Yatra’ in Uttar Pradesh and predicted that the days of the inefficient and corrupt Mulayam government were numbered. He regretted that an open loot of the State, government exchequer, its resources and people was going on unabated by a strong coterie of politicians,, mafia and industrialists. He urged people to come openly in support of the BJP for speedy development, progress and prosperity. He claimed that he would bring the law and order under control within 90 days of coming in power. He appreciated efforts of Rajnath Singh to rejuvenate the party and dubbed him lucky as soon after him assuming office, the BJP formed the government in Karnataka.

Addressing an impressive gathering at the flag off ceremony, Rajnath Singh demanded resignation of the Congress-led coalition government at the Centre on the Quattrochi issue and strongly condemned the Mulayam government for its failure on all fronts and expressed serious concern over the law and order situation. In an effort to placate Kalyan Singh, Rajnath Singh reiterated that Kalyan was the undisputed leader in the State and he would lead the party to victory in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections.

Rajnath Singh demanded that farmers whose land was acquired for Ambani’s Dadri Power Project must be paid compensation at the market rate of the acquired land. The image and respect the country earned during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure was unparallel but the same was now being tarnished due to various wrong and anti-national decisions taken by the Manmohan Singh government mainly because it was serving the interests of the Congress and a selected few and not that of the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Kalraj Mishra said that there was no rule of law and the State was being run by mafia dons and hardcore criminals were being protected by the police at the behest of the Samajwadi Party and its leaders.

The so-called UP Vikas Parishad was busy in looting the State and serving purpose of a few selected industries while the State continued to lag behind. Over 60 acre of prime land was given to the Ambanis for a song but nothing had been done in the last two years to set up the promised power station at Dadri, he said.

Kidnapping, murder, extortion, and land grabbing became an ‘industry’ whenever Mulayam came to power, observed firebrand BJP leader Vinay Katiyar while addressing the gathering. Condemning the government role in Mau riots, Katiyar said that hundreds of innocent persons were killed in communal clashes while the administration waited for clearance for action from the Mulayam government which played a partisan role to protect its Muslim vote bank.

Lalji Tandon said that the Dadri project was an eyewash and expressed his concern over harassment and exploitation of farmers, students, poor and the downtrodden in the Mulayam regime.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 01:43 IST