Varun Gandhi lines up rallies in UP to project himself as mass leader


BJP national general secretary Varun Gandhi will hold rallies in Agra and Bahraich districts in September and October with an aim to project himself as a mass leader in Uttar Pradesh. He will address more such rallies in the state till December in the presence of top leaders of the party.

The first rally will be in Fatehpur Sikri of Agra district on September 15 and the second on October 2 in Bahraich.

A team of over a dozen associates of Varun have already begun preparations in Fatehpur Sikri. They have identified the location of the rally and started mobilising workers from Agra and Mathura districts. Sources said that senior BJP leader L K Advani will be the chief guest at the rally, where a gathering of more than 1 lakh people is expected.

The BJP UP unit, however, is yet to receive a formal communication from Varun in this regard. "I have come to know that a rally will be held here on September 15 but the party state unit has not given any directives so far to make preparations for it," said Baby Rani Maurya, BJP state secretary who belongs to Agra.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj will be the main speaker in the rally in Bahraich. A senior BJP leader of the Awadh region said, "During his Bahraich visit on July 24, Varunji had said that a massive rally would be organised here in October and Sushmaji would be chief guest. We will start preparations for the rally after the monsoon."

When contacted, Varun confirmed that several rallies would be held soon, with the first in Fatehpur Sikri. He denied comment on the objective of the rallies.

Sources said the other rallies would be in Shravasti and Orai, where former BJP president Nitin Gadkari will be the main guest. The party's campaign committee chief Narendra Modi is so far not in the list of leaders whom Varun is approaching to be the guest in the rallies.

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