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BJP to conduct agitations in Uttar Pradesh

Saturday 18 June 2005

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Protesting against the vandalism of the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya statue in Rampur, the Bharatiya Janata Party submitted a memorandum to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam against what it called the "anti-national and Taliban-like mentality" of the Uttar Pradesh Government and announced a State-wide agitation plan.

BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who returned here from Rampur on Thursday night, told the press that from June 21, there would be daily demonstrations in Rampur and other cities and a major rally in Lucknow on June 23.

Workers will gather in Rampur daily, demonstrate and court arrest and "express their anger," Mr. Naqvi said.

The agitation will cover western and eastern Uttar Pradesh as well as Bundelkhand.

Besides the Uttar Pradesh-centric plan, the party as part of its silver jubilee has chalked out programmes to mark major events in the lives of its leaders. On June 23, the day Shyama Prasad Mukherjee challenged the then "permit system" for entry into Jammu and Kashmir and entered the State from Lakhanpur, BJP president L.K. Advani will address a rally there.

He will also address a meeting here on June 25 to mark the day Emergency was imposed on the country in 1975 by the Indira Gandhi Government.

The next day Mr. Advani will address a meeting in Bangalore to remind the people of the day he and the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, were arrested there by the Indira Gandhi government.

Separately, party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar criticised the recent hike in the interest rates on housing loans.

See online : The Hindu

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