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BJP INVOKES RAMRAJYA.

Oppn jumps on early poll wagon & plans to woo core constituency

WITH the Congress and other political parties taking a head- start in the runup to the next general election, the Bharatiya Janata Party too has begun raising its decibel levels in order to catch up with the grand old party by invoking Ram rajya at a rally in Karnal.

Signalling that Ram could be one of the poll planks of the party, the BJP opened its doors to Kalyan Singh, the main architect of Babri Masjid's demolition.

Warming up to the renegade leader from Uttar Pradesh, BJP president Nitin Gadkari met Singh at his residence in New Delhi on Sunday to pave the way for his return to the party for the third time. Having lost the plot to the Congress after it got embroiled in infighting over Gadkari's leadership and corruption charges against him, the party has logically returned to its original core constituency of Ram, the very kernel of the party's political narrative.

" We will definitely have early elections. They should take place in the middle of next year," predicted Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha. " In fact the earlier they take place the better it is as we can get rid of the Congress government," she said at the rally on Sunday.

Late off the block, BJP president Nitin Gadkari and Swaraj sounded the poll bugle at a rally in Karnal on Sunday with the slogan ' Congress bhagao, desh bachao' ( oust Congress, save the country). ' Congress bhagao, desh bachao' is a perfect slogan for the country," Swaraj stressed.

Gadkari, an RSS protege who faced a plethora of corruption charges vis- a- vis his Purti Group, promised that the BJP will establish a Ram rajya in the country. " We will throw out the corrupt UPA government and establish a Ram rajya and Shivaji's Shiv Shahi regime in India," he said targeting the voters in Maharashtra, his home state.

Gadkari echoed Swaraj's pitch for early elections and said that the UPA government's days are numbered. " The government is like a serious patient admitted in the ICU... the patient can die any moment," he remarked, eliciting an immediate applause from the party workers present there.

With campaigning for the Gujarat assembly elections having ended on Saturday, the BJP leaders have quickly embarked upon preparations for the general elections, hoping to catch up with the other parties soon.

It took a while for the BJP to respond to the Congress's recent blitzkrieg which included the announcement of the direct cash transfer scheme and the smooth passage of FDI in multibrand retail in Parliament, both of which are being considered ' game- changers'. The Congress has also announced the formation of its campaign committee headed by Rahul Gandhi and held a massive rally at Ramlila Maidan in November.

But it is not just the Congress, the Samajwadi Party has declared candidates for bulk of the Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh a year and a half before elections are supposed to take place and the Bahujan Samaj Party, too, has released its first list of candidates.

In fact, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati and Mamata Banerjee have all been talking of Lok Sabha election being advanced to 2013 for several months now.

The centrality of elections was clear in Swaraj's speech as she even wagered predictions on how many seats the BJP and its ally, the Haryana Janhit Congress of late Bhajan Lal, expected to win in the state.

" Earlier I thought that we could win nine seats out of ten in Haryana. Rohtak ( held by CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda's son Deepender Hooda) would be difficult.

But now after listening to his ( Deepender's) speech in parliament on FDI, in which he couldn't differentiate between one vegetable and another, I am sure we'll win all ten seats," Swaraj predicted.

Gadkari launched a scathing attack on the Congress, accusing it of organising an ' open loot' in the country. Taking a dig at the Congress's supposedly propoor slogans, Gadkari said, " Pandit Nehru had vowed to end poverty and Indira Gandhi coined the slogan of ' Garibi hatao' which was followed by her son Rajiv Gandhi also. Sonia Gandhi also raised similar slogans and now Rahul Gandhi too makes promises to end poverty, but nothing has happened. They only come up with new slogans," says Gadkari. " Only people whose wealth has increased are Congress leaders and brokers," he added.

With campaigning for the Gujarat assembly elections having ended on Saturday, the BJP leaders have embarked upon preparations for the general elections hoping to catch up with the other parties soon

HOMECOMING FOR KALYAN

THE decks have been cleared for the return of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh back into the BJP fold. The final decision was taken at a closed- door meeting at the residence of BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Sunday evening. Besides Singh and Gadkari, the hourlong meeting was attended by former BJP president Rajnath Singh and former petroleum minister Ram Naik.

Earlier this month, Rajnath, who like Kalyan has been the CM of UP, announced that the latter would be reinducted into the party around mid- December.

" Consider him to be in... his entry will strengthen the party. He is a leader with a mass base," Singh had said.

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