‘Dates of his visit are being finalised’

The BJP State president Pralhad Joshi has said that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will campaign for the party in the State in the last week of April and that the dates of his visit are being finalised.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Mr. Joshi denied reports that Mr. Modi was reluctant to campaign in the State. “In fact, leaders like Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and others will be campaigning for the party in the State. The dates and venues are being finalised,” he said.

Senior leader L.K. Advani would address public meetings at Savadatti in Belgaum district and Indi in Bijapur district on April 24, while the former party national president Nitin Gadkari will speak at Belgaum.

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj will address public meetings at various places from April 26 to April 29 and national president of BJP Rajnath Singh will campaign on April 29 and April 30.

Expressing the confidence that the BJP would get sufficient number of seats to form a government on its own, Mr. Joshi declined to specify the number of seats the party would win.

He declined to answer whether the BJP will consider the option of stitching a coalition together if it fails to gain majority or prefer to sit in the opposition benches.

About Mr. Advani’s statements on corruption in the initial stages of the BJP government in the State, Mr. Joshi said that he would respect the statements of Mr. Advani. On the KJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa’s allegation that Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and his family had amassed wealth while giving effect to transfer of officials and that they had also indulged in corrupt practices, Mr. Joshi said that he regretted that Mr. Yeddyurappa had “stooped so low” by making such allegations.

Mr. Joshi termed KJP spokesperson V. Dhananjay Kumar’s charges against Mr. Advani as “loose talk”.

Dates of his visit to State are being finalised: Joshi