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Way to power in Delhi via Uttar Pradesh, Gadkari tells party

Friday June 03, 2011 06:15:59 PM, IANS

Lucknow: Exhorting party workers to regain Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) "fertile land" in Uttar Pradesh, party chief Nitin Gadkari Friday said this would also assist the party to win the 2014 general elections.

"The passage to Delhi goes via Lucknow. If you want to win 2014, you will first have to win Uttar Pradesh," said Gadkari in his inaugural address at the party's two-day national executive meet in the Uttar Pradesh capital, according to party leaders.

Categorically announcing that the party will have no pre- or post-poll alliance for the upcoming state assembly elections in 2012, the BJP chief said: "We will strive to come in power on our own with the blessings and support of the public. We will have no alliance whatsoever either with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP) or Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD)."

"Uttar Pradesh has once been our fertile land... We have got the majority here on our own. Let's not forget that. We all have to gear up to strengthen the party's base in the state. We will have to work in unity for reviving the party in Uttar Pradesh," said Gadkari.

Assembly elections in the state, due in 2012, are critical for BJP and its performance would ultimately decide how the BJP fares in 2014 when it would try to overtake the Congress to form the central government. In 1998, when the BJP had 182 MPs in the Lok Sabha - its highest so far, Uttar Pradesh had contributed 57, a far cry from 10 MPs in the present Lok Sabha.

Briefing media persons about Gadkari's address, BJP national spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said: "He (Gadkari) was of the firm view that the public in Uttar Pradesh was fed up of the misgovernance and misrule of the BSP and the SP. As a result, there was a good opportunity for the party to prove itself among the masses."

"The party president also said that the recent Mahasangram rallies held in various parts of Uttar Pradesh helped the party strengthen its base in the state," he added.

According to Prasad, Gadkari in his speech also said that the party would miss charismatic former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the upcoming political scenario.

"It's true that there is no replacement for Atalji... Before coming to Lucknow, he (Gadkari) even met Atalji and took his blessings," said Prasad.

Asked what was Gadkari's opinion on the Ayodhya Ram Temple issue, Prasad said the matter too came up during the meet. "He (Gadkari) said that it (Ayodhya Ram temple) is not a political issue and appealed to all sections of the society from different religions to co-operate for the construction of the Ram Temple."

In reply to a question, Prasad said: "For BJP, the Ram temple is not an election-related issue... Elections will continue to take place... We expect that in sync with the cultural values of the country, the temple should be constructed."




 


 

 

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