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Focused BJP ignores state ‘ploy’

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Ranchi, Dec. 3: The state BJP has zeroed in on the huge ground near Jharkhand State Cricket Association’s stadium in Dhurwa for party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s public rally on December 29.

A day after the Ranchi district administration “refused” to allot Morabadi grounds for the proposed rally, the BJP leadership held a marathon meeting today to work out a strategy to “counter the state machinery’s design to foil the big event”.

However, senior party leaders, in principal, decided to seek a permission from HEC management, which looks after the ground, to use the spacious venue in Dhurwa to welcome the Gujarat chief minister on December 29.

The plan to “expose the vindictive state government” can wait for now, they argued.

“We have sent a letter to HEC management today. Work will start as soon as we get the nod,” said a senior BJP leader.

Party insiders said initially a section of BJP leaders insisted on a mass campaigns to expose the alleged nefarious design of the Congress and its allies.

But, leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Arjun Munda is learnt to have advised his party colleagues to look for other alternatives as there wasn’t enough time to launch a big campaign on the issue now. They would have to focus on the rally’s preparations as well, he argued.

“Narendra Modi’s rally will be held in Ranchi on the scheduled date at any cost. It will be a historic one. But, whatever the official machinery is doing is not a healthy practice in a democratic set up. It will have far reaching consequences,” said Munda.

During today’s meeting, some of the party leaders also wanted to approach Khadi Board chairman Jainandu, requesting him to shift the proposed Saras Mela elsewhere.

The Ranchi administration yesterday informed the state BJP that the Morabadi grounds had been allotted to the Khadi Board for the mela between December 17 and January 3.

But, Jainandu clarified in plain terms that his hands were tied. “The mela is basically the rural development department’s programme, and the board is only a facilitator. If the BJP approaches us, we will forward the matter to the state government only. The board on its own cannot take a decision on shifting the mela venue,” Jainandu told The Telegraph over telephone.