The state BJP on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah will be key attractions of the party’s much-hyped election campaign, the Parivartan Yatra, which will start next month from four districts.
The BJP decided that party national president would flag off the yatra, while Modi would address the Parivartan Sabha in Lucknow on December 24 – the concluding day. The party celebrates the birth anniversary of patriarch Atal Bihari Vajpayee on December 25.
The concluding ceremony was earlier planned for December 31, but in a meeting held in Lucknow Thursday, the top leaders decided to prepone the programme. The timing of the yatra is significant as UP will be very close to the Assembly elections.
“The Parivartan Yatra will give momentum to the party’s election campaign and create a pro-BJP atmosphere across the state. The PM’s public meeting will also increase BJP’s attraction ahead of polls,” said a BJP leader.
The 2012 state Assembly elections were declared by the Election Commission on December 24, 2011.
Last week, the BJP had announced that the yatras would begin on November 5 from Saharanpur, Lalitpur of Bundelkhand, Sonbhadra and Ballia of eastern UP. It was also announced that Amit Shah, as well as Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Kalraj Mishra and Uma Bharti would be present on the first day, while other senior leaders would join in at various places on different days.
State president Keshav Prasad Maurya, after a meeting with state in-charge Om Mathur and other leaders Thursday, announced that Shah would flag off all four campaigns, starting from Saharanpur on November 5, Lalitpur on November 6, Sonbhadra on November 8 and Ballia on November 9. Maurya also said that party national secretary Mahendra Singh has been named the convener of the yatra.
Singh later said that the routes that the yatra would take had been finalised, but the leaders who would lead them and others who would join enroute were yet to be decided.
He also said that the yatra would cover all 403 Assembly constituencies, and at least one public meeting would be held in each segment.
The BJP also decided that Mahila Sammelan, Yuva Sammelan and OBC meets will be organised in the districts very soon, and workers up to booth-level would take part in these events.
National vice-president Dinesh Sharma, national general secretaries Bhupendra Yadav and Anil Jain, joint general secretary (organsiation) Shiv Prakash were also present in Thursday’s meeting, along with state leaders, and discussed the preparations for these party programmes.