BJP to form next Govt in J&K on its own: Ram Lal

BJP national general secretary (org) Ram Lal along with State party leadership during the office bearers meeting at Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
BJP national general secretary (org) Ram Lal along with State party leadership during the office bearers meeting at Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

‘J&K, Bengal special States for party’
Avtar Bhat
JAMMU, June 24: BJP will leave no stone unturned to form the next Government in the border State of J&K and to achieve this objective the party national leadership has asked its State cadre to start a campaign in all the three regions of the State by concentrating on membership drive first.
The seriousness shown by the party to capture power in the State after the coming Assembly elections can be gauged from the address of party national general secretary (Org) Ram Lal, who asked party office bearers to gear up for strengthening party from booth level by taking its membership to 17 lakh from present 5.50 lakh to ensure that party will form the next Government in the State on its own.
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Lal, who is second in chief in party hierarchy after its national president, Amit Shah made it clear that party will also focus on Kashmir valley to wean away the minority voters there.
He said BJP is trying to make inroads among minorities who earlier considered the party as untouchable but are now coming in its fold after being influenced by the mantra of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas”.
He said the recent Lok Sabha elections have proved that BJP is not untouchable for minorities and they too are coming close to the party fold. Taking advantage of the same, BJP can increase the tally of its seats in the State during coming Assembly polls to form the next Government here.
Ram Lal made it clear that J&K is a special State for BJP not because the State has a special status but the founder leader of the party and first president of Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), Dr Shayama Prasad Mookerjee has laid down his life in this State in 1953 for total integration of J&K with rest of India.
He said earlier BJP had a weak position in J&K but now it has improved the same and the party succeeded in framing a coalition Government in the State after bagging 25 seats from Jammu region during 2014 Assembly elections. This tally will improve in the next Assembly poll and party is sure to form the next Government on its own in the State, he added.
Lal said like J&K, West Bengal is also a special State for J&K as it is the birth place of Dr Shayama Prasad Mookerjee. The party had a weak position there too but now it has emerged as a force to reckon with in West Bengal also after coming number two in recent Lok Sabha poll. He exuded confidence that BJP will form the next Government in the State also as people of West Bengal are fed up with Trinamool Government.
Maintaining that membership drive will start from July 6 , the birthday of Dr Mookherjee, he asked the party men to concentrate on it fully and ensure membership of those people who will be ideologically also linked to party. He stressed on strengthening the booth level committees also which according to him is key to party’s success in any election.
The membership drive will be launched by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in Union Capital. He also emphasized on the importance of this membership campaign on the organizational elections forming the basis of total internal democracy in the party.
Ram Lal, also focussed on making BJP as number one party in the State. He said that every BJP activist must entirely focus on the party agenda and work for attaining the same.
He said that Jammu & Kashmir lives in the heart of every Indian who have an emotional bond to the State. The people of country are watching every activity in the State, he said and added so there is more responsibility on the shoulders of party activists of the State.
Ram Lal, said that BJP is progressing with “Saarv-Saprshi and Sarv-Vyapi” approach, in which we have to extend party’s reach to every section, every person and every place. This can only be ensured when there will be team of active party workers at every single booth across the region, he stressed.
Lal was addressing a meeting of party State office bearers, Morcha State Presidents, MLCs, former MLAs, district Incharges, district presidents, membership campaign incharges and co-incharges at party headquarter, Trikuta Nagar, here.
Others who addressed the meeting included party State president, Ravinder Raina, State general secretary (Org.), Ashok Kaul, Speaker & former DyCM, Dr. Nirmal Singh, former DyCM, Kavinder Gupta, former Minister, Sat Sharma, State general secretaries Dr. Narinder Singh, Yudhvir Sethi and State membership incharge, Jugal Dogra.
Ravinder Raina, in his presidential address, welcomed party national general secretary and congratulated him for the grand victory of the party in the recent Parliament elections. He said that the party has secured this success with the guidance of senior party functionaries like Ram Lal and ground work of dedicated activists. He explained that the focus of this meeting is on the membership campaign to be launched from 6th of July on national level. He asked all the senior party leaders to take this campaign on the mission mode and called for the involvement of party leaders from State level to the booth level in the campaign. He also called for the minimum 17 lakh membership in the State.
Ashok Kaul, in his address, provided threadbare details about the membership procedure in the State. He unfolded the roadmap of the membership campaign in the meeting and said that by working hard with dedication, party will achieve good results in campaign.
Jugal Dogra presented the details of progress on the membership campaign in State.
Incharge Social Media & IT Jaidev Rajwal explained the membership procedure with the help of audio-visual aids. Incharge Library & Documentation Department, Kulbhushan Mohtra presented books to National leader.
Yudhvir Sethi conducted programme proceedings.
Media protests
against BJP
The media persons today protested against BJP after its national general secretary (Org), Ram Lal asked them to leave the hall when the party office bearers meeting started at BJP headquarters Trikuta Nagar, today.
Taking serious exception to it some media persons protested and even entered into heated exchange of words with BJP State leadership including media incharge protesting the role of the party.
They said that when the media was not to be allowed to attend the meeting then why they were invited for coverage. This way they have been harassed by not allowing them to cover the proceedings of the meeting. Later the media persons left the party office in protest.