BJP Steps Up Heat On Critics Of CAA-NRC Through Rallies In UP

LUCKNOW || Rapped by the opposition over the rollout of the CAA and NRC, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to take its critics head-on. And so in a well planned and massive outreach to spell out the message loud and clear in Uttar Pradesh on the contentious twin issues, the BJP is holding a marathon six rallies in the coming days.

The showstopper in these rallies will be the BJP President and Union Home Minister, Amit Shah on January 21. The BJP unit in the state capital is in overdrive mode to prepare for the Amit Shah rally in Lucknow. Hectic parleys continue.

Tentatively plans are to hold the rally at Smriti Upvan on the outskirts of the state capital. The city will be dotted with banners and hoardings on all routes from the airport to the rally site. To allay related fears around the CAA – NRC controversy a large chunk of the minority community will mark their presence.

The pro CAA NRC campaign by the BJP starts from Varanasi’s Smriti Upvan. Former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan plans to address a rally in Gorakhpur. Even Union Minister and ex BJP President, Nitin Gadkari will rally at industrial city Kanpur.

Lucknow MP and defence minister Rajnath Singh will rally at Meerut as it saw maximum casualties during the CAA NRC agitation. Reportedly Kanpur, Meerut and Aligarh reported maximum violence against the Citizenship Law.

Overall Uttar Pradesh has registered a max of 21 deaths during anti-CAA protests a month back.

Officiating BJP chief JP Nadda has taken the responsibility of addressing the people of Agra, a notable hub of Dalits. So far the UP CM Yogi Adityanath has already held two rallies in Bihar’s Gaya and Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. He has been canvassing across the length and the breadth of the state.

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has campaigned in Saharanpur trying to make significant inroads into the chunk of Jats and Muslim population. Meanwhile, UP’s deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma both continue to find ways to reach out to the masses on the issue.

Amidst the fast-paced developments in the state around the citizenship row, a little known Hindu outfit Hindu Army has put up posters in Lucknow fuelling a wake-up call to Hindus with slogans “Jago Hindu Jago”.

The posters bear the photograph of Hindu Army founder Manish Vidhayak, saying, “Jaago Hindu Jago… Kaise kahein ki desh azad hai“. The BJP has distanced itself from the outfit. Manish Vidhayak a turncoat emerging from the Samajwadi party fold reportedly gets inspiration from BJP chief Amit Shah and his policies.

–Arijit Bose/Lucknow

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