New Delhi: Old warhorse and Bharatiya Janata Party’s former national president Rajnath Singh has been entrusted with the key responsibility of leading the party campaign in the 2012 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

BJP national president Nitin Gadkari declared that Singh would be in the role of special election in-charge in both the states. In the election campaign , Singh would be assisted by party general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan.

After the assignment of new task to Singh, BJP also declared its core committee for UP. The tested trio of Singh, Uma Bharti and Kalraj Mishra will keep a tab on the party's activities in the state.

Even though the leaders have been entusted with the state-level responsibilities, it has been made clear that the remote control would remain with the party’s central leadership in New Delhi. Senior BJP members including party national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will remain active in the state.

The BJP leadership is of the view that the distribution of such responsibilities among the senior leaders would enhance the unity of the party. In an internal survey conducted in Uttar Pradesh, Rajnath Singh has emerged as the main leader of the state, following which he was given the vital responsibility for the polls.

With the help of these senior party leaders, the BJP aims to improve its social equation with people belonging to different casts and simultaneously win the confidence of backwards.

Through the declarations, the party has also sent a message that it will contest the state elections without the support of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP).

(JPN/Bureau)