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BJP finalises plan for LS poll

Hyderabad, May 29
The BJP has finalised a two-pronged action programme to galvanise party workers through agitational and propagational charters to secure 300 seats on its own and a two-third majority with its allies in the Lok Sabha elections next year.

As a prelude to that, party’s national President M. Venkaiah Naidu likened the elections to the four state Assemblies this year to “semi-finals” and extolled party workers to get into the ‘election mode’ asking them to strive for expanding the party base by socially encompassing every section, including minorities and “covering every area.’’

Mr Naidu told the attending delegates that the comprehensive strategy for the Assembly poll this year and the Lok Sabha elections in 2004 had been finalised and required only fine-tuning. He asked them to work on “news management,” so that developmental work taken up by the NDA government in the past five years could be positioned against the ‘’dismal performance of the Congress over the past 40 years.’’

“We should go to the people, asking them to give us a clear verdict and not a fractured one to complete our agenda,’’ Mr Naidu advised them.

Briefing mediapersons, Party General Secretary Shivraj Singh Chauhan said the workers were directed to organise ‘morchas’, ‘satyagrahas’ and ‘dharnas’ to expose the “anti-people governments” in the non-BJP states, where it would also organise ‘yatras’. The party would finalise the number of full-time workers to be enlisted for the Assembly elections this year and the Lok Sabha elections next year by tomorrow, he said. UNI

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