Advani, Joshi not on BJP ‘jail bharo’ list

The party’s week-long agitation is beginning on Monday

Published: 25th May 2013 09:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th May 2013 09:18 AM   |  A+A-

The BJP leadership would head the party’s week-long ‘jail bharo’ agitation beginning May 27.

However, the names of former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and former BJP presidents Murli Manohar Joshi, M Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari have been left out of the list of leaders hitting the streets.

While party president Rajnath Singh would court arrest here and Jaitley in Chandigarh, Swaraj would lead the protesters in Madhya Pradesh.

“The party has planned the stir against corruption, price rise and scams during the Congress-led UPA Government. These issues are directly affecting the aam aadmi,” said BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

In the electorally crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, party general secretary and state incharge Amit Shah would court arrest along with Naqvi and the UP BJP president in Rampur on May 29. BJP vice- president and MLA Uma Bharati would also court arrest in Uttar Pradesh. In Bihar, Ravi Shankar Prasad and C P Thakur would lead the protests, while it would be general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan in Gujarat. The BJP has drawn up a list of 37 leaders, who would lead the party’s nationwide ‘satyagraha’.

The party does not intend to put a full stop to the anti-UPA protests with this. Its national executive meet at Goa on June 8 and 9 would further broadbase its agitation against the government  and would draw up a blueprint for the same, it is expected. Meanwhile, the party has shortlisted two slogans for its Goa conclave, following which they would be used across the country. ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ (taking everybody along, ensuring everyone’s progress) -- a slogan coined and popularised by Narendra Modi -- would be the party’s slogan henceforth. It would also use its old slogan, ‘Sushasan Sankalp, BJP Vikalp’ (good governance is our commitment, the BJP is the only alternative).

“The Goa national executive will discuss political and economic issues, failures of the Union Government on all fronts, scams and weak policies of the government in respect of national security and foreign policy. It will also discuss the coming Assembly elections and the Lok Sabha elections,” Naqvi said. 


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