Vajpayee, Modi among BJP’s star campaigners


    New Delhi, (IANS) Ailing former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi are among the star campaigners for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

    Even though Vajpayee is ailing and barely able to get up from his bed, the former prime minister, who is one the most charismatic leaders of the party, has been listed the first among the party campaigners in the two states.

    The list, which has been sent to the Election Commission for approval, also features the name of Modi. A star campaigner for the party, he was last year kept out of campaigning in Bihar after ally Janata Dal-United objected due to his communal image.

    Modi had also kept away from the party’s national executive meet, and was reportedly also upset with party leader L.K. Advani for launching his anti-corruption ‘yatra’ from Bihar instead of Gujarat, from where the octogenerian leader has been elected to the Lok Sabha.

    There were speculations of Modi staying away from Uttar Pradesh since Sanjay Joshi, a party worker from Gujarat who was suspended and then re-admitted to the party, is one of the main in-charges of the state. Joshi was thrown out of the BJP after a sleaze CD involving him was released.

    According to a highly place party source, however, Modi’s appearance would be at very selective places, if at all, in Uttar Pradesh.

    “In few places, like Ayodhya, Modi will be the choice, but not at all places,” the source said.

    The other key campaigners are Advani, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi.

    Other names include Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi.

    Former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, general secretaries Ananth Kumar, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Narendra Singh Tomar, deputy leader of the BJP in the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde, and his Rajya Sabha counterpart S.S. Ahluwalia also figure in the list.

    Among the minority campaigners are prominent Muslim faces of BJP –Shahnawaz Hussain and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

    From Bollywood and sports, there will be Shatrughan Sinha, Hema Malini, Smriti Irani and Navjyot Singh Sidhu.

    Others the BJP will field for campaigning include Kalraj Mishra, Vinay Katiyar, Ramlal, Yashwant Sinha, Uma Bharti, Varun Gandhi, Ramapati Ram Tripathi, Kesarinath Tripathi, Ramnath Kovind, Saudan Singh and Radha Mohan Singh.


    1. Congress and BJP rule this country for the last 65 years. If its leaders implemented the promises made to the people, they would not have been reduced to what they are now. None of the leaders ever entertained SC/STs/OBCs/Minorities in their houses. Now for the sake of votes they are involved in theatrics. People cannot be fooled because of their sufferings due to price rise and other problems.

      Why not proportionate representation to all the communities according to their population for an equal distribution of wealth? Congress and BJP could have done this in all these 65 years and not just during election times.

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      The actual fight is between Kanoon ki Devi Maha Mayawatiji with 170 million people Vs a handful of rich greedy Industrialists,media,only a few leaders of Congress, BJP SP and EC. As far as UP is concerned Politics has become sacred with the highly performing best and meritorious governance of CM Mayawati who was the only one who completed full 5 years term in UP with full support of entire people of the state. This will repeat and she will become the next Prime Minister for the welfare and happiness of Sarvajan.

      And the Election Commission is draping these wrong elephants which are not BSP election symbol that are with the trunk raised above. If this could be done they can as well order to drape all Ganesha, Ganapati and Vinayaka statues which drank milk. EC order will only help in BSP increasing its votes.

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