Launching the BJP'shuge ?Vijay Sankalap Rally? in Dehradun'sParade Ground, former Deputy Prime Minister Shri LK Advani urged the voters to punish the Congress for its anti-people and anti-nation policies. Shri Advani compared the UPA rule to the Emergency. The people did not forgive the Congress for imposing Emergency on the country and it was routed in the next elections. The coming election is an opportunity for voters to punish the UPA government. Asking voters to be careful before exercising their franchise, he urged them to recall the promises made by the Congress in 2004 and see if any of them has been fulfilled.
He blamed the UPA for being indecisive on crucial issues like internal security, external threat, terrorism and corruption and highlighted how the NDA regime had kept prices under control despite rise in oil prices and world wide sanctions following the nuclear tests at Pokhran. ?It was our good financial planning that helped us overcome those difficult times. But now when nearly 1.5 crore people are expected to lose their jobs due to recession in the next six months, the UPA government has not done anything, he said. Terming Dr Manmohan Singh as India'sweakest PM, Shri Advani promised if the BJP came to power, there would be zero tolerance on the issues like terrorism and corruption and vote bank politics would not be practised. He said he had a special attachment to Uttarakhand as the BJP had played an eminent role in its formation over eight years ago.
Addressing the rally, Chief Minister BC Khanduri counted the major achievements of his government and said the developmental works carried out by his government in the last two years would draw the political mood in favour of the government Shri Khanduri said that ten elections have taken place in the last two years and the results have always been in favour of the BJP govt. So he hoped that the BJP would be able to win all five Lok Sabha seats.
State party president Shri Bachi Singh Rawat said the BJP'saim during the campaign would be to highlight the negligence by the UPA government towards the interest Uttarakhand. Shri Rawat, who is also contesting from Nainital Lok Sabha seat, said the UPA never took the state seriously as it did not include even a single MP from here in the Union Cabinet.
The rally was addressed by former CM Nityanand Swami, former state president Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, former Himachal CM Shri Shanta Kumar and Lok Sabha candidates Shri Madan Kaushik, Shri Jaspal Rana, Shri TPS Rawat, Shri Ajay Tamta, and Health Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ?Nishank?.
Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari said it depends upon the people whether they want to make their country the place of Sita or Sonia Gandhi, Ramrajaya or Rome Rajaya here. Former Uttarakhand CM Shri Nityanand Swami urged the people to vote BJP for the security of the country and the development of the people. Dr. Nishank said that BJP government in the state has many excellent achievements to its credit during two years of its rule. Uttarakhand is the first state in the country to implement the Uttarakhand Health Insurance Scheme for the BPL families. More than 23,000 women have been helped by the EMRI services during the deliveries. 350 women had delivered babies in the ambulance. Dr Hedgewar Raths in each districts equipped with Radiological and pathology equipment have been visiting remote villages. BJP general secretaries Ajay Bhatt and Teerath Singh Rawat also addressed the rally.