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Updated: March 3, 2012 00:33 IST

BJP to assess strength before Presidential poll

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Nitin Gadkari. File Photo: PTI
Nitin Gadkari. File Photo: PTI

The BJP would decide its strategy for the Presidential election, scheduled in July, after assessing its strength in the five State assemblies, where the election process would be completed next week.

In the last Presidential election, the BJP backed the former Vice-President and erstwhile veteran party leader, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, against the Congress supported and present President, Pratibha Patil.

Since the last election, the strength of the BJP in Parliament and Assemblies, which form part of the electoral college for election of President, has gone down. The chances of the BJP improving its tally substantially are minimal.

At an interaction at the Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC) here, BJP president Nitin Gadkari was cautious on the prospects of his party in the just concluded Assembly elections.

He avoided jumping to any conclusions and merely said: “Let us wait for the results.”

On Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP's stakes are high, Mr. Gadkari conceded that as the party fared poorly in the last Assembly elections, there were several desertions.

Mr. Gadkari maintained that in the current election, his party leaders have worked very hard. He particularly complimented the role played by Sanjay Joshi, bête noire of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in the U.P. election.

Mr. Modi stayed away from campaigning triggering speculation that he was not happy with the decision of bringing Mr. Joshi back into the party fold and entrusting him with the election campaign in U.P.

The BJP president was very cryptic in his response to a number of questions on the absence of Mr. Modi. Asked if the BJP fared well in U.P., did it mean the party did not need Mr. Modi outside Gujarat, Mr. Gadkari said the Gujarat Chief Minister was busy with his ‘Sadbhavna Yatra.'

Asked about the likely impact of the Assembly election results on the UPA government, the BJP chief maintained that the Opposition was not trying to destabilise the Centre and that the Manmohan Singh government was facing problems from its allies.

On whether he would get a second term as party president, Mr. Gadkari maintained that he was not lobbying for a second term and said that he would do whatever the party wanted. “I may have made bona fide mistakes, not malafide,” he remarked.

On whether Govindacharya would return to the party, after Uma Bharati has come back, Mr. Gadkari said that he took advice from him and had even asked him many times to return to the fold. Mr. Govindacharya, according to him, preferred to work from outside.

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Mr. Vijaypratap Singh seems to be woke up from deep slumber and saw paid media news only. He deliberately choose to forget the mother of all SCAM and corrupt minister in center. The answer of your question is here.
(1) As far Mayawati as is concerned, she has done tremendous change in terms of Law and Order (Yes, I agree, UP is not crime free but neither any state in India. But, obviously, it is much lesser as compared to last regime of Mulayam Singh.)
(2) None can be claimed to be perfect. But we always go by comparative analysis. BJP has partially inducted Mr. Kushwaha and yes, It's condition in Karnataka is deplorable. But what about your favorite Congress. Many central ministers are in deep trouble be it 2G, CWG, Adarsh society, recently Kripa Shankar.
(3) Although, Mulayam singh is promising 18% quota to Muslim. But which has started all these drama on the eve of election. Before talking about quota, which is constitutionally invalid, why Congress didn't come with any amendment bill

from:  Shashi Ranjan
Posted on: Mar 3, 2012 at 13:18 IST

BJP has to work for unification of all NON-Congress parties before Presidential elections in July'12.The NON congress parties are highly disillusioned with Congress and they would unite in a separate group to show their strength to congress who is working highly autocratic while dealing with all demands and developments of non congress state govts.NCP is the colaition of Congress but it is also trying to distance from Congress and it is opportune moment to garner its supports.DMK is also highly disillusioned with Congress but it wants support from NCP.TMC has distanced from congress.Now Congress cant install its candidate as President without support of all its partners.SP BSP would not support congress for bitter rivalry in UP election.It is now upto BJP how it can defeat the candidate of Congress by getting a consensus candidate of all non Congress parties.We have more such non political candidates who is fittest fpr the job.Secular face of the nation Dr.APJAK Azad can be re-elected.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2012 at 09:15 IST

I am ready to cast my vote in the concluding phase of UP assembly
elections of 2012. I have just completed the recitation of “Narain
Kavacham” i.e. Protection of God. It is necessary to have before you
are going out in any city of the state. Crime is on the rise as police
is busy in election duties. The graph might have shown higher gradient
but could not as most of them are directly participating in the
elections hence do not have time to remain active in the traditional
business. I would like to discuss my feelings about whom to vote.
Mulayam Singh was in constant touch with Kalyan Singh when Babari
Mosque was demolished and joined hands with him latter on. The state
sponsored crime was at its crest during his regime. I shall never go
with him. Bahenji has raised voice against criminalization of politics
when she took over the charge of CM this time but deviated from her
earlier promises and corruption and crime flourished under her
leadership and her party contributed significantly. BJP has enticed us
for Ramrajya but we have seen its Ramrajya when it accommodated the
rejections from BSP on corruption charges. Karnataka example is also
before us. I have decided against them. The only option left is
Congress. I am going to vote for Congress. What about you?

from:  Vijaypratap Singh
Posted on: Mar 3, 2012 at 06:56 IST
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