Former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh looks set to play a major role in the Lok Sabha elections for the BJP with the party deciding to invite him as chief guest to address its Kanpur rally Saturday.
The Kanpur rally is the first public meeting of partys PM candidate Narendra Modi in UP that will be followed by eight more rallies till December.
On Tuesday,the party had announced to have Modi and its national president Rajnath Singh as speakers at the rally. A day later,Kalyans name was also included among the speakers.
Party spokesperson Dr Chandra Mohan confirmed the line-up.
Another speaker in the rally would be party state president Laxmikant Bajpai.
Modis confidant Amit Shah and other leaders from UP would be present on the dais as hosts.
A leader said the party wants to cash in on Kalyans pro-Hindutva image and OBC leader in the elections.
Kalyan twice headed BJP governments in UP and twice parted ways with the party. In January this year,he merged his Jan Kranti Party (JKP) with the BJP; his son Rajveer Singh is BJP state vice-president at present.
Kalyan had left the BJP for the first time in December 1999 after differences with then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He returned in 2004 and contested successfully from Bulandshahr in the LS polls. He left BJP again in 2009 over differences in distribution of party tickets .