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Updated: January 1, 2012 21:04 IST

BJP to launch anti-Congress campaign on Jan. 3

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File photo of BJP president Nitin Gadkari (left) with senior party leader L.K. Advani. A high-level BJP delegation will call on the President on January 3 to register protest against the Lokpal Bill fiasco.
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File photo of BJP president Nitin Gadkari (left) with senior party leader L.K. Advani. A high-level BJP delegation will call on the President on January 3 to register protest against the Lokpal Bill fiasco.

Alleging that the Congress did not want the Lokpal Bill to be passed in the Rajya Sabha, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday said it will launch a week-long campaign across the country to “expose” the ruling party.

“There was no conviction by the UPA in Rajya Sabha for passing a strong Lokpal Bill and that is why people are disappointed. The BJP will launch the Loktantra bachao, Congress hatao (save democracy, remove Congress) campaign at district level from January 3-10,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters in New Delhi.

She said the party will “tell the truth” to the people about how the Bill was mocked and not passed.

“If the Congress had the will to pass Lokpal, it would have talked to the Trinamool Congress, the BJP and other parties. But the Congress does not have the conviction,” the spokesperson said.

A high-level BJP delegation will also call on the President on January 3 to register its protest against the Lokpal Bill fiasco in Parliament.

On Friday, the BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that “silent protest marches by the BJP members wearing black bands will be held” on the Lokpal Bill issue.

With the battle in Parliament on Lokpal issue now put to rest till the budget session, the BJP has decided to take to the streets on the issue.

The contentious issue is likely to figure in a big way during the forthcoming polls in five States, including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

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