New Delhi: Dejected by the internal strife within the party, BJP President Nitin Gadkari has himself decided to take on the mantle of election campaign in UP. Beginning on January 31 Gadkari will attend about 100 public meetings across the state with special focus to Lucknow.

The wrangling among the party leaders in Uttar Pradesh over Uma Bharti is nothing new but many top leaders of the BJP are not happy with Nitin Gadkari’s decision to allow her to contest from Charkhari Constituency of Bundelkhand. They are also opposed to the idea of projecting Uma Bharti as the Chief Ministerial candidate. Recently BJP Vice-President Kalraj Mishra hit out at Uma Bharti terming her as an outsider to UP. It is due to the internal fued in the party that Nitin Gadkari is forced to tread cautiously.

Gadkari has donned the responsibility of campaigning in UP as he does not want his political strategy to suffer due to infighting among party leaders. Though all important leaders of the BJP will campaign in the state, Gadkari has made it clear that he will campaign on behalf of those leaders who don’t turn up in the rallies.

The Uttar Pradesh assembly elections have become a matter of prestige for the BJP.  Gadkari has carried out many experiments in order to achieve victory in the elections. Many leaders who had either left the BJP or were dismissed by the leadership have been inducted in the party. Carrying forward one name before the Election Committee at the time of ticket distribution has been given a top priority by BJP president. Keeping this in mind Uma Bharti and Sanjay Joshi have been given important roles inspite of facing criticism from within the party.

Significantly the party’s strategy for the election process in Uttar Pradesh has been categorized into three phases. First phase of the strategy is aimed to carry out a campaign in every constituency and also to strengthen the organisation of the party at the division level of the state. The second phase constitutes of ticket distribution and the third is that of election campaign. The entire process is being monitored by Gadkari himself. The party has planned to hold atleast five public meetings of its top leaders in every constituency.