Amit Shah to take part in BJP protests,sparks speculation

BJP national general secretary Amit Shah will take part in the party’s Jail Bharo Andolan in UP and court arrest in Rampur district on May 29,amid rumours that he is in the race to take charge of the party’s UP unit.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: May 19, 2013 1:53:19 am

BJP national general secretary Amit Shah will take part in the party’s Jail Bharo Andolan in UP and court arrest in Rampur district on May 29,amid rumours that he is in the race to take charge of the party’s UP unit.

Shah,who is Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s aide,will court arrest along with BJP national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and state president Laxmikant Bajpai to protest against price rise,corruption and lack of security of the people.

They will also take out a protest march from Gandhi Samadhi Sthal to Kachahri and stage a demonstration in Rampur.

Shah’s programme in the state is part of the BJP’s nationwide protests from May 27 to June 2. This has lent weight to speculation that Shah might be made party in-charge of UP.

Bajpai told The Indian Express that Shah would court arrest at Rampur on May 29. Rampur is known to be a stronghold of the Samajwadi Party’s prominent Muslim face and cabinet minister Azam Khan.

Rajnath is likely to take part in a protest and court arrest in Lucknow on June 2,the last day of the agitation. This will be his first visit to Lucknow since he took charge as party president in January.

Earlier this morning,BJP national general secretary Ananth Kumar said in Lucknow that party leaders and workers would take part in a dharna and court arrest in all districts across the country between May 27 to June 2. Kumar said the party will appeal to the people to remove the Congress and other UPA member parties from power.

Kumar said that a meeting of the BJP national executive committee will be held on June 7 in Goa where the strategy for further agitation will be decided. The BJP’s agitation will continue till the monsoon session of Parliament.

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