BJP to start ‘save Ganga’ campaign from Gangasagar
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In order to mobilise its workers in UP, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Bengal, the BJP will launch its Save Ganga campaign from Gangasagar in Bengal on September 24, after the rainy season ends.
The party had decided to launch the campaign under the leadership of Uma Bharti, former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and MLA from Charkhari, at its national executive meeting held in Mumbai in May.
Explaining the political significance of the campaign, a party leader said, "The increasing pollution in Ganga has become a national issue. The campaign will mobilise party workers and send a message among voters that the BJP is associated with public-centric national issues."
A meeting about preparations and detailed programme of the proposed Ganga campaign was held in New Delhi last Saturday where BJP leaders from Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal were present — Ganga flows through these four states.
Sources said that the party has decided to start the campaign from Ganga Sagar in Bengal to the river's origin at Gangotri in Uttarakhand.
During the campaign, BJP leaders would offer prayers and hold public meetings in the areas along the river to appeal to the people to save Ganga from pollution and highlight the Centre's neglect of the issue.
"The objective of the campaign would be to urge the Centre to take measures for maintaining the sacredness and natural course of Ganga," said a BJP leader.
Bharti is also keen to make a human chain from Ganga Sagar to Gangtori, during the campaign, sources said.
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