BJP to launch poll campaign from western Uttar Pradesh

February 9th, 2009 - 4:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will Tuesday launch its Lok Sabha election campaign from Rampur constituency in Muslim-dominated western Uttar Pradesh with terrorism as the key issue, party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Monday.

“Rampur had been chosen for two reasons. One is that it is a Muslim dominated region and starting a campaign from there would dilute the notion that the BJP is anti-Muslim,” Naqvi told IANS.

“Another reason is that Rampur is a major centre of western Uttar Pradesh, which has 35 of the total 80 seats in the state,” he added.

The region stretches from Ghaziabad near national capital New Delhi to Shahjahanpur.

“Uttar Pradesh has the country’s largest number of seats and is a key state,” said the BJP leader, who will contest the elections from Rampur.

He said the party will formally launch the campaign with a public meeting at the Mahatma Gandhi stadium in Rampur.

“The rally will be called Vijay Sankalp Samagam (meeting to vow for victory). Terrorism is the central theme, besides the Congress-led government’s failure on economy and governance,” Naqvi said.

BJP president Rajnath Singh, general secretary in-charge for Uttar Pradesh Arun Jaitley, former party chief M. Venkaiah Naidu, Navjyot Siddhu and Uttarakhand Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri will address the public meeting.

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