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BJP unveils adopt-a-village plan, fund

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | December 28, 2004 18:40 IST

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has appealed toIndians to donate generouslyto the Emergency Relief Fund set up by the Bhartiya Janata Party to provide assistance to the tsunami victims.

A committee has been set up to oversee the party's relief efforts and will be headed by former finance minister Jaswant Singh.

Other members of the committeeinclude M Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj,Vijay Kumar Malhotra, S S Ahluwalia, Dr Sanjy Joshi and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Ved Prakash Goelwill be the treasurer.

Vajpayee made it clear that he had no plans to tour the affected areas at the moment.

"I appeal to BJP workers to help in the relief and rehabilitation work," he said.

Briefingmedia personsat the end of a meeting held under the chairmanship of the former prime minister, Swaraj said that the chief ministers of BJP-ruled states have been told to adoptone village each for reliefand rehabilitation efforts.

"We have also advised BJP Members of Parliament to adopta village and look after it. Our workwill only supplement the central government relief efforts. BJPMPswill contributea month's salary to the relief fund set up by the party. Mukhtar Abbas Naqviwill coordinate the relief work supervised by the committee," she said.

She said party president L K Advaniwould give his assessment of the clamity once hereaches Delhi on Wednesday after touring thetsunami-affected areasof Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

"Jaswant Singhwill by flying tonight (Tuesday) to Kolkata, from where hewill go to Car Nicobar island for his own assessment of the area. Hewill also be carrying medicines and tents for the victims there," she said.

The BJP will hold a meeting within the next couple of days to chart out its strategyforgoing about their task.

[Those wishing to help the tsunami victimscan contact local BJP offices with their contributions. These units will coordinate with the state units to send the material to the party's central committee.]


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