BJP forms 20 Uttar Pradesh panels for 2014 polls

Lucknow, Oct 1 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday formed 20 committees in Uttar Pradesh (UP) to oversee the party's campaigns and networking in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.

The party held a marathon meeting to assess its preparedness for the string of rallies over the next few months in which Gujarat Chief Minister and the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi would be the chief speaker.

Senior leader M. Venkaiah Naidu and general secretary in-charge of party affairs in the state Amit Shah chaired the meeting.

Addressing media persons after the meeting, Naidu said that Uttar Pradesh was the centre of its national plans to return to power and everything was being micro-managed in the state now.

"UP is a very important state for us and we want our workers, activists and supporters to go all out in the state to create a positive atmosphere for the BJP," Naidu said.

He announced a Friends of BJP campaign would be run in the urban areas to "further consolidate the goodwill generated in favour of the party".

Naidu also said that eight-odd rallies would be held across the state between October 15 and November 30. These would culminate in a 'Karyakarta Mahakumbh' in Lucknow in December.

The party has urged Modi to address as many rallies as possible in the state as it would like to cash in on his popularity.

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