Rajnath to unveil Tikait statue at Amroha

Ahead of LS elections, BJP is trying to stay connected to its Rajput, Jat supporters in Western UP.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has invited BJP president Rajnath Singh to unveil a statue of late Mahendra Singh Tikait in Fatehpur Sumali village of Amroha district on June 4. Singh will also address a kisan mahapanchayat that BKU vice-president Vijay Pal Singh has called to raise farmers' problems.

Vijay Pal said: "The farmers in western UP have high regards for Singh, who had called the first kisan panchayat at his residence when he was the Chief Minister. We once again want to share our problems with him."

Singh will also speak on the life of Tikait at the mahapanchayat.

This is the latest in a series of programmes that the BJP has organised in western UP, with an eye on the Lok Sabha elections. The attempt is to stay connected to the party's Rajput and Jat supporters in the region where the party believes it is best placed in UP.

On May 5, Singh had addressed a public meeting in Khurja area of Bulandshahr district. Although the programme was organised by a Brahmin MLA of the party, Rajputs and Jats constituted most of the audience.

Earlier, on May 1, Rajnath had addressed a Swabhiman Rally in Bareilly district. He had addressed a farmers' rally in Nakur area of Saharanpur district on April 12.

Rajanth's predecessor Nitin Gadkari had also addressed farmer rallies in Kutbi village of Muzaffarnagar and Deoband of Saharanpur before resigning from the post in January.

A party leader said senior leaders have a challenge to safeguard party votes in western UP where it has to contest in Lok Sabha elections against both Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). The SP also is trying to make dent in strong areas of RLD that had won five Lok Sabha seats in western UP in 2009 when it contested in alliance with BJP. "As we have no alliance with RLD this time, it is a challenge for the party to make a good show in western UP," said a BJP leader.

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