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UP battle to be fought under BJP chief: Kalyan

Bharatiya Janata Party national vice-president and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh today made it clear that he had no desire to hold any post and his only wish was to see the state and its people prospering. ?To protect people from the present jungle raj is our priority,? he observed.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 01:08 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party national vice-president and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh today made it clear that he had no desire to hold any post and his only wish was to see the state and its people prospering. “To protect people from the present jungle raj is our priority,” he observed.

He was reacting, for the first time, to the announcement of BJP national president Rajnath Singh that Kalyan Singh would be the chief ministerial candidate of the BJP and the party would go to Vidhan Sabha elections in the state under his leadership.

“We will fight the political battle in UP under the leadership of Rajnath Singh,” he announced.

Rajnath Singh ruled out the possibility of the party dropping its Hindutva agenda and said that the NDA could have formed the Government at the Centre for a second term only if the BJP had won eight more Lok Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh. The BJP had gone to the polls in the last Lok Sabha election under the leadership of Kalyan Singh.

They were speaking at a reception organized at the state BJP office to welcome Rajnath Singh on his first visit to the state capital after taking over as the BJP national president.

Speaking on the occasion, Kalyan Singh congratulated Rajnath on his assuming the new assignment and said that it was after 14 years that someone from the state had assumed the coveted post of national president and reminded that “UP Ne Bahut Se Prime Minister Bhi Diye Hain”.

He reiterated his stand on Hindutva and said the party should never compromise on its basic principles, Ram Janmabhoomi temple, Article 370 and common civil code irrespective of whether people vote for the BJP or not. It should be made clear to one and all that “Hame Hindutva Par Garv Hai Aur Hum Apman Bardast Naheen Karenge”, he roared. Kalyan Singh said the BJP’s policy was clear that it would do justice to all but appeasement of none.

Concern over open loot of the State by a coterie of ‘industrialists-corrupt politicians and mafia’, he claimed that the party would come to power on its own. He drew a parallel between the BSP and the Samajwadi Party saying that both were corrupt and casteist. He dubbed them as ‘Saanp Nath’ and ‘Naag Nath’ while adding that the BJP had only Rajnath, amidst thunderous applause.

Rajnath Singh urged political parties to stop calling the BJP communal in the wake of the Supreme Court judgments in which it termed Hinduism as a way of life, underlined the need for a common civil code and even criticised Article 370.

Highlighting various achievements of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government, Rajnath Singh said that the UPA Government had failed on all fronts and the country’s prestige and self-respect was at stake.

Referring to various corruption cases involving Congress leadership, he said that roots of both the Congress and the Left were in foreign countries and that was the reason they never understood Hindus, Hinduism or the Indian culture.

Dubbing Kalyan Singh as ‘former and future chief minister’, BJP state chief Keshari Nath Tripathi expressed the confidence that Rajnath would take the party to new heights.

He regretted that to insult rivals was the only goal for a few political parties for petty political gains but it could not be tolerated any more. Dubbing Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar as a traitor who refused to sing Vande Matram, Tripathi said that a university should be set up in memory of Ashfaq Ullah Khan the martyr.

Lalji Tandon assured Rajnath that the party was solidly behind him while Om Prakash Singh said that the party would move towards Hindutva with new leader, new energy and vigour.

He said that misrule of the Mulayam Government was a hot topic of discussion even in remote villages and people were bent on dislodging the present government.

Earlier, a touching and warm reception was accorded to Rajnath Singh when large number of people queued up to garland him, creating chaos and confusion on the dais. Crackers and firework also marked the occasion.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 01:08 IST