BJP Vision To Come Before Manifesto

New Delhi, March 24 | Updated: Mar 25 2004, 05:30am hrs
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will release its vision document ahead of its carpet bombing campaign beginning April 6 even as work has begun on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) manifesto, party President M Venkaiah Naidu said here on Wednesday.

NDA convener George Fernandes, finance minister Jaswant Singh and commerce minister Arun Jaitley have been asked to work on the document and all the allies would be taken into confidence before the manifesto is formally released by PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he told reporters.

He said the partys vision document, being prepared by a team led by Mr Jaitley, would be released before the party launches its campaign on its foundation day April 6.

The party would incorporate in both its vision document and the NDA manifesto suggestions and feedback received during campaign by its leaders from across the country as also findings of internal surveys.

Meanwhile, the partys central election committee would be meeting here on March 27 to finalise the names of all remaining candidates for the LS polls and nominees for the Asse-mbly elections in Ktaka and UP.

Deputy Prime minister LK Advani, who has been busy with the Bharat Uday Yatra, would be attending the meeting for the first time.

Mr Naidu said an internal survey suggested that an overwhelming 82 per cent of the voters supported the partys development plank, whereas the remaining wanted the issues of Cong president Sonia Gandhis foreign origin and the Ram temple issue to be taken up during the campaign.