Gearing up for the Lok Sabha elections,the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in UP on Wednesday constituted a 16-member state election committee to take decisions on candidates. The names approved by the state election committee would be sent to the central election committee headed by national president Rajnath Singh.
Headed by state president Laxmikant Bajpai,the state election committee has all former state presidents,party leader in the Legislative Assembly Hukum Singh,leader in the Legislative Council Nepal Singh,Lucknow MP Lalji Tandon and Mahila Morcha president Kamlawati Singh as members.
During a meeting of state office-bearers on Wednesday,Bajpai also constituted 23 teams of observers who will visit Lok Sabha constituencies and collect feedback from local workers and common people regarding candidates. Each team will visit three or four constituencies in this month. Party spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that the state unit will take decision on the basis of reports submitted by these teams.
Party postpones April 22 dharna
The BJP has postponed its dharna scheduled to be staged in front of Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow on April 22 because party national president Rajnath Singh would not be available to attend due to his busy schedule in connection with the Karnataka Assembly elections. The dharna was announced to highlight the farmers problems and the alleged failure of the Samajwadi Party government to address these. A new date of dharna would be announced later.
Mulayam now visitor at Jauhar University
Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav has accepted the post of visitor of Jauhar University,Rampur. A dream project of cabinet minister Azam Khan,the university was inaugurated on September 18 last year by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam in presence of 43 ministers at Rampur. Mulayam had earlier laid the foundation stone of the university in 2006.
Presently,the university is functioning as a private university and is controlled by Mohammad Ali Jauhar Trust which is headed by Azam. Mulayam accepted the post of visitor for Jauhar University after it was proposed by Azam.
Azam Khan had earlier announced that the faculty of Humanities will be named after Mulayam Singh.