BJP ready to contest Panchayat polls: Ravinder Raina

BJP leaders during a party meeting at Jammu on Friday.
BJP leaders during a party meeting at Jammu on Friday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 14: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)J&K president, Ravinder Raina today said that his party is ready to contest the Panchayat elections in Jammu & Kashmir.
Raina, who chaired a meeting of senior party leaders to plan strategy for upcoming Panchayat polls at party headquarter, here at Trikuta Nagar today urged the party men to gear up for the same.
Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Jugal Kishore Sharma along with J&K BJP general secretaries Sunil Sharma and Yudhvir Sethi, party’s All Morcha incharge, Munish Sharma and former MLC, Vibodh Gupta participated in the meeting.
Ravinder Raina, while addressing the meeting, said that as the election authority J&K has issued schedule for elections to vacant seats of Sarpanchs and Panchs in the Union Territory of J&K and party activists must also gear up with their activities in their respective areas. He said that as these elections will now be conducted on party symbol unlike earlier elections held in 2018, BJP will have edge in them as J&K witnessed unprecedented development during last five and half years of Narendra Modi Government.
Raina, discussed wide range of issues regarding upcoming Panchayat polls. He said that with the efforts of dedicated BJP leaders including elected Sarpanchs, Panchs and BDC chairmen the development works are progressing at full pace in both the UTs of J&K and Ladakh especially in the rural areas. He claimed that with the strong policies for uplifting rural infrastructure and avenues, common masses from rural areas will whole heartedly support BJP in the Panchayat elections.
Jugal Kishore Sharma, stated that unprecedented development has been witnessed in the rural areas, as a result of successful Panchayat elections in the erstwhile State of J&K. The development gained further momentum particularly after the revocation of Articles 370 & 35(A), inviting number of dedicated opportunities in the region.
He pointed out that earlier held Panchayat polls were marred with the vicious attempts by parties like NC, PDP and others giving boycott calls for the polls, but public negated their campaign and voted in huge numbers thus posing their belief in efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strengthen the grass root level democratic structure in J&K.