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Modi to share key LS poll management tasks with Rajnath


Updated: July 8, 2013, 7:31 PM IST
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Modi to share key LS poll management tasks with Rajnath
The BJP Parliamentary Board met on Monday to finalise committees and strategies for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

New Delhi: Gearing up for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party's Parliamentary Board on Monday decided that party chief Rajnath Singh will share key poll management tasks with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is the Main Opposition's election campaign chief. The party said it will fight the 2014 elections on the plank of development and good governance.

Significantly, this comes just two days after Modi's aide Amit Shah raised the Ayodhya temple banner. However, Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that Ram temple will not be an election issue for the party.

The BJP also said it is ready for snap polls, claiming the Congress is now growing insecure of its allies. The opposition party said it will form several committees in the next few days to highlight the failure of the Congress-led UPA government on various issues like corruption, price rise and on the economic front.

Attacking the ruling dispensation, it said the UPA is cracking and the Congress is under pressure from its allies even as it accused it of not being in a position to face the nation or Parliament resulting in the delay of the Monsoon Session. "BJP has come in election mode. We are ready for snap polls," party general secretary Ananth Kumar said.

He was speaking after the meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board, the party's highest decision-making body, where, Kumar said, the current political situation in the country was discussed and a roadmap and strategy for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls decided. This is the second meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board within a week, which was attended by the BJP top leadership including LK Advani, party president Rajnath Singh and the party's Campaign Committee chief Narendra Modi, besides other leaders. Its last meeting was held on July 4.

Kumar said the BJP will adopt a two-pronged strategy for the polls which will include a political campaign with the party holding rallies and meetings across the country and an organisational strategy to put the party's structure in place and take its campaign forward. "The Congress party does not want to face Parliament because of its failure on corruption, price rise, economic crisis and other fronts," he alleged.

He claimed that the UPA is "breaking from inside" and the Congress party is "under pressure" from its allies, which posed a question mark on the convening of the Monsoon Session of Parliament in July. "Congress can also hold early elections due to pressure from allies," he said.

Ananth Kumar said the different committees to be formed will take care of the party's election manifesto, parliamentary election meetings, "chargesheet" against UPA, development agenda and other things. He said the Parliamentary Board has authorised party chief Rajnath Singh and poll campaign panel chief Narendra Modi to form these after consultations with senior party leaders.

The BJP Parliamentary Board discussed the poll strategy at today's meeting, where it decided that the party will go ahead with good governance and development as its major poll planks. On taking on the Congress in elections, the party decided to attack it on three issues of corruption, economic crisis and price rise, and its failure on all other fronts.

Raising a question mark on delay in convening of the Monsoon session of Parliament, normally held in July, the BJP leader alleged that the Congress feared that its much-touted Food Security Bill may not get through in Parliament and thus the need to bring an Ordinance on it. "The Congress and UPA is under pressure. It is breaking, it is running away. It is not in a position to face the nation or Parliament," Kumar alleged.

He said the BJP, on the other hand, is aggressively in election mode and will force the UPA to discuss price rise and development in Parliament. "We will place such things before the nation," he said. Meanwhile, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and BJP chief Rajnath Singh will visit Bodh Gaya on Tuesday after serial blasts rocked the religious town on Sunday.

(With Additional Inputs From PTI)

First Published: July 8, 2013, 7:31 PM IST
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