RATAN MANI LAL Lucknow A combination of soft Hindu nationalism and invoking the charisma of Atal Bihari Vajpayee appeared to be the main planks of the Bharatiya Janata Party strategy to contest the forthcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
President Nitin Gadkari made clear as much in his inaugural address at the two- day national executive meeting of the party in Lucknow on Friday.
Gadkari said in the opening remarks that the party is committed to build a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya.
” We rededicate ourselves to the cause of establishing Ram Rajya in Uttar Pradesh and the whole country,” he said.
Gadkari was candid enough to admit that BJPalt39s performance in recent Assembly elections in five states had been far from satisfactory.
” We are disappointed and analyzing the results. He also asserted that the party will have no alliance whatsoever either pre or post poll, with the BSP, Samajwadi Party or Ajit Singhalt39s RLD. While lambasting the Congress- led UPA government, Gadkari drew attention towards the proposed draft bill on prevention of communal violence as drafted by the Sonia Gandhi- led National Advisory Council, and said it is plainly an anti- Hindu measure.
” UPAalt39s only contribution has been unlimited growth in corruption, and commodity prices. Besides these two, their track record on other fronts too is extremely poor,” Gadkari said.
Gadkari also tried to strike an emotional chord with the people and the party cadre by referring to contributions made by Vajpayee.