BJP in campaign mode, Sushma to lead padyatra on March 16
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With a new poll cry of Sushasan Sankalp, BJP Vikalp (Good governance as promise, BJP is the alternative), given by Bharatiya Janata Party's top brass in the national executive meet last week, the party's UP unit is gradually switching over to Lok Sabha election mode with a series of campaigns planned for the entire year. Party has included the Ram temple issue in the agenda of these upcoming campaigns.
The party will begin with a procession that will be taken out on March 16 to protest against atrocities on women. Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj will lead the march in presence of former chief minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje Scindia and the party's women's wing national president Smriti Irani. The party's farmers' wing will take out a padyatra from western UP to Delhi with the demand of payment of dues of sugarcane growers by the end of this month.
The party will launch a major three-month campaign - Gaon-gaon chalo, ghar-ghar chalo - from April 6, the party's 33rd foundation day. During the campaign, party office bearers right from the state president to mandal presidents, will participate in the padyatra across the state. They will walk door-to-door in villages and urban areas and distribute the list of promises that the party will meet if it comes to power at the Centre.
"Party office-bearers will be assigned different areas to visit and speak against the deteriorating law and order, increasing cases of atrocities on women and appeasement of Muslims in the SP regime as well as poor focus on development and soft approach towards terrorism by the UPA government," said Laxmikant Bajpai, BJP's UP president.
Bajpai said that the Ram temple will also be a strong issue for the party during the padyatra. "If people will ask about it, the party will assure them that the temple is an issue of faith for the party and BJP is committed for its construction," Bajpai said. Party national president Rajnath Singh, too, recently in Allahabad had said that the party was committed to the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
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