BJP’s campaign for next year’s assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will roll out with party’s Parivartan Yatra from Saharanpur on Saturday.
BJP president Amit Shah and other senior leaders, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Kalraj Mishra, will flag off the first yatra from Saharanpur. Pledging to lift people of the state out of the current “hopeless” situation, the yatras will cover 1,700 km in 192 days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be launching the campaign by addressing six public meetings. One is scheduled in Lucknow on December 24, a day before the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
A scheme named after the former PM is likely to be announced by Modi.
A team of 15,000 ‘parivartan sarathis’, involving representatives from Parliament to panchayats has been formed by the Party. They will visit 50,000 village panchayats in UP organising “parivartan” chaupal, asking people to bring change in the state.
“The party will seek public support seeking vote for BJP as the state deserves respite from the misrule of BSP and SP, who seem to be playing a fixed match like East Bengal and Mohun Bagan for the past 15 years,” IT minister Ravishankar Prasad said on Thursday.
The party planned the four yatras to start from four different locations. The second yatra will start from Jhansi on November 6 and third and fourth from Sonbhadra and Ballia on November 8 and 9, respectively.
Shah will address 10 rallies while, Rajnath Singh and Kalraj Mishra will speak at 10 other rallies.
Union Minister for water resources Uma Bharti will attend six of these rallies.