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Crucial days ahead for BJP unit in UP

The next month or two are going to be crucial for the state Bharatiya Janata Party as there are signs that party’s central leadership might go for some organisational changes or adjustments following resentment over unpredictable style of functioning of some senior office-bearers in the state.

Though the date has not been announced for changes, any final decision could be expected only after 5 May when the results of Karnataka assembly polls are likely to be declared.

According to sources, several senior leaders from the state, barring only a few, had expressed their resentment protesting against the style of functioning of some office-bearers before the national BJP chief Rajnath Singh during a meeting of UP leaders with Singh with regards to preparation for the Lok Sabha election scheduled to be held in 2014.

Though no decision was taken then, sources within the party confirmed that either some office-bearers might be asked to quit or some other person with more power would be given some prominent position. All this, party sources confirmed would be done before Lok Sabha candidates are announced.

A party insider said next two months would be crucial for state BJP as national general secretary of the party Varun Gandhi would be giving direct challenge to his cousin Rahul Gandhi when he addresses a rally in Sultanpur on 16 May. Before that Varun along with national BJP chief Rajnath Singh, would address a rally in Bareilly on 1 May. The rally would also be attended by state party chief Laxmikant Bajpayi.

In Sultanpur, Varun would be accompanied by former national BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, whose efforts to get second term as party chief got shattered sources said after Income Tax Department served notice on him.

Varun’s rally, party insiders said, hints towards the fact that Pilibhit MP might contest 2014 Lok Sabha election from Sultanpur. Congress' Sanjay Singh is the sitting MP from Sultanpur.
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