Prime Minister Narendra Modi cited Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s rural background in the Lok Sabha on Friday as an alibi to explain her ramzaadon vs haramzaadon remark. Now, his party is banking on that qualification to field her at public meetings once again — this time, in the rural outskirts of Delhi.
According to a party source, Jyoti is likely to address two Jan Sabhas on Monday in the trans-Yamuna rural belt.
“The party has decided to use leaders like her in the rural belt where she would be able to connect with the audience,” said a senior leader. “The decision to not use her (for campaigning) was going against the party as it looked like we were succumbing to the pressure tactics of the Opposition. The PM too has issued a statement on the issue. She has apologised. We will use her now.”
Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had earlier told reporters that Jyoti will campaign for BJP “as and when required”.
Apart from Jyoti, the party is also deploying its two other tough-talking leaders Giriraj Singh and Lallu Singh to address meetings after December 12. Giriraj will address meetings in villages on the outskirts of South Delhi as per a schedule that the party is working on, said a source.
As for Jyoti, the Delhi BJP is gearing up to provide the Fatehpur MP with all the help she needs.
On Friday evening, its Poorvanchal Morcha, Fishermen Cell and Weavers Cell even issued a statement pledging to make Jyoti’s rallies a success. “Because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a new leadership of backward classes has come up in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Socialists and Congressmen have united in panic and are trying to keep the issue alive and create tension in the country even after (the) apology by Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti in Parliament. We will make all rallies addressed by Jyoti a success,” the statement said.