Still key to party in UP,to hold fort till LS polls

For now,he will be involved in urban local body elections,which are being held next month.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published:May 28, 2012 3:10 am

Sanjay Joshi,though out of the BJP national executive,will continue to play a key role in managing party affairs in UP until the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. For now,he will be involved in urban local body elections,which are being held next month.

Joshi will arrive in Lucknow on Monday for two days to participate in brainstorming sessions of the party’s election committee to select candidates for mayors in 13 municipal corporations and chairpersons of nagarpalika parishads and nagar panchayats. Party sources said he will be the key man in selection of candidates and chalking out a campaign strategy.

Contacted over the phone,Joshi confirmed he would be in Lucknow for two days from Monday in view of the local body elections.

The BJP’s in-charge of UP,Narendra Singh Tomer,and state party president Laxmikant Bajpai reached Lucknow on Sunday to discuss preparations with heads of recently formed regional and district-level steering committees. Kalraj Mishra was present in Sunday’s meetings.

After his comeback in September 2011,Joshi was assigned the responsibility of the UP Assembly polls. The party could win only 47 seats. Explaining why he has been retained for UP,a party leader said,“He is known to be a man of organisation and he became familiar with UP affairs during the Assembly polls. The party is using Joshi’s experience for the local body polls,and taking that as a rehearsal for the Lok Sabha elections.”

The leader said that it was on Joshi’s suggestion that the BJP has decided to finalise its candidates for the Lok Sabha elections by October this year so that the party gets a head start.

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