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BJP convention to draw up strategy to recapture UP
Satish Misra
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, December 21
The three-day national convention of the Bharatiya Janata Party, beginning here tomorrow, is going to draw an elaborate plan and devise appropriate strategy for recapturing the political space in Uttar Pradesh, which it had lost to the Congress and Samajwadi Party, during the six years rule of the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre.

The party bigwigs, including BJP president Rajnath Singh, who hails form Uttar Pradesh and has been its Chief Minister, are confident that the party would improve its performance in the Assembly elections which are slated to be held in the first few months of 2007.

The feedback that the leadership has from its cadres and the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh says that the BJP is on a comeback trail and if right moves are made from now on, the party can emerge as number one in the Assembly elections.

The state electorate is fed up with five years of misrule of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, in whose tenure, the law and order situation has only worsened and the urban areas are deprived of civic amenities like electricity and water.

Till a few months ago, the electorate was looking at the Bahujan Samaj Party as an alternate to the Samajwadi Party but recent pronouncements of BSP supremo Mayawati have negated her initial lead. Brahmins have distanced themselves from the BSP as was evident at the recently held civic polls.

That is why, the National Executive and National Council sessions of the BJP would not only focus on the alarming internal security situation in the country which in the BJP's language means "minority bashing" and holding the "Muslims" responsible for acts of terrorism, but the BJP leadership would announce loud in the state capital that the UPA's divisive Muslim appeasement policies were emboldening anti-national elements that were perpetrating acts like the Mumbai train blasts and Malegaon bomb attacks.

The BJP's anti-Muslim stance would only help the SP to consolidate the minorities.

In absence of the Congress which is yet to put its act together, the BJP was going to gain sympathy from not only Brahmins but also from the trading community which has suffered a lot.



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