New Delhi: Amid reports that most its senior
leaders are staying away from assembly poll campaigning in
Uttar Pradesh, BJP on Friday cleared the air on the issue saying
its top brass will "camp" in the state for a month beginning
Scoffing at suggestions that party President Nitin
Gadkari has been left to handle the campaign following
differences on a variety of reasons, BJP spokesperson
Shahnawaz Hussain said here that "all leaders" will campaign
in UP after ending their tour programmes of Uttarakhand and
Punjab next week. "They will camp in UP will be in
news for the next one month," he said.
Asked whether Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will
also campaign, he repeated "all party leaders" will be in UP.
Modi`s name figures in the BJP`s list of election
campaigners in UP.
"Even I could not go top UP as I was busy campaigning in
Uttarakhand. This does not mean that I skipped UP," Hussain
There was speculation about Modi`s participation in the
UP election campaign as his bete noire and former General
Secretary (Organisation) of BJP Sanjay Joshi is one of the key
figures incharge of the party`s election campaign in UP.
Modi had stayed away from the last BJP National Executive
as he was sulking over Gadkari`s decision to bring back Joshi
into the party who had to leave when a controversial CD had