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BJP ready with a plan to blow away UPA
July 19, 2008 21:35 IST
Ahead of the trust vote in Lok Sabha, Bharatiya Janata Party has made its groundwork ready with a well-planned strategy by allowing leaders from its minority, youths and women wings to raise issues like nuclear deal, price rise and foreign policy during the debate on July 22.
The debate will be initiated by Leader of Opposition L K Advani and would be followed by speakers, each representing the minority, women and youths of the country, sources told PTI.
"Soon after Advaniji speech, the second person to talk from the party's side would be Syed Shahnawaz Hussain. As a prominent Muslim face of the party, his speech would target the anti-people specifically anti-minority and pro-Bush attitude of the government," party sources said.
Hussain, a MP from Bhagalpur heads the minority cell of the party and is expected to relate the Shrine Board controversy and the successive Congress government's ouster.
He would also speak on the fate to the UPA government after the Indo-US nuclear deal, sources added.
Another speaker of the opposition would be Kiran Maheshwari, a member of Parliament from Udaipur. She would be lashing out at the government specifically at the price rise and inflation and would voice concerns of the households under the UPA rule.
Maheshwari, who is also the women's cell chief of the party, would also spearhead the party's attack on the government for its "failure" to push through the Women's Reservation Bill.
The youth face of the party would be another Rajasthan MP Manvendra Singh. Party also has plans to field Amritsar [Images] MP Navjot Singh Sindhu, a Sikh and one of the most vocal leaders in the party.
The first person to speak on the second day, Tuesday, would be Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Lower House V K Malhotra. The lawmaker from Delhi is likely to focus more on the issue of internal security and 'failure' in law and order under UPA rule during his speech.
Other speakers from the BJP's side are likely to be its general secretary from Karnataka Anant Kumar, MP from Rajasthan Thawarchand Gehlot among others.
"This will not be a debate on the nuclear deal, this is a debate on the more than four years of misrule of the government," party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told media persons in New Delhi on Saturday.
As per sources, speakers have been 'advised' by party bosses to avoid too much of technical details on the nuclear deal and 'concentrate more on issues concerning the common man'.
"Elections, if not immediate, are in any way only some months from now. The party wants the speeches to concentrate on exposing the UPA in simple and layman's language," a senior party leader said.
The whole nation, in fact even the international audience, would be glued to the live telecast of the debate and the speeches would be major opinion makers. The party would not in miss this opportunity, he added.
Many senior leaders like Arun Jaitley, Arun Shourie, Sushma Swaraj, Murli Manohar Joshi, Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Venkaiah Naidu, Prakash Javedekar and even party chief Rajnath Singh are in the Rajya Sabha and would be missing in action during the two-day special session starting Monday.
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