New Delhi: In an effort to regain its stronghold in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to begin yatras in all parts of the state.

Led by the belligerent party leader Uma Bharti, the first yatra will kickstart from Deoria district on July 26. Through these yatras the BJP aims to cover the entire state by August. In September, the party aims to end the campaign with a grand yatra in the state which will witness the involvement of a string of party stalwarts prominently including Rajnath Singh, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Kalraj Mishra.

Keeping the importance of the yatra in view of the forthcoming assembly elections in the state, the command for the entire drive has been given to Bharti who has a knack of coming up with aggressive statements. 

The decision in this regard was taken in a meeting of party seniors in Delhi on Tuesday. On the selection of candidates for assembly polls, the party has considered the surveys and suggestions by various organizations. If party sources are to be believed the list of candidates for UP polls is likely to be announced by Diwali.

The BJP strategy for UP assembly elections would be a similar one to that of Bihar. In Bihar, BJP had won 91 assembly seats out of the 102 it contested.

(JPN/Bureau)