JAMMU, July 22: Asking party cadre to gear up for the local bodies, Panchayat and Lok Sabha elections in the State, BJP president, Ravinder Raina said that the Local Bodies elections will be held around the September this year which will be followed by Panchayat elections and later by Lok Sabha poll next year.
Raina was addressing first meeting of newly appointed office bearers of the party here at Party Office Trikuta Nagar today. The meeting among others was attended by Union Minister in PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh, MP (Lok Sabha) Jugal Kishore Sharma, M P (Rajya Sabha), Shamsher Singh Manhas, party general secretaries, Ashok Koul, Dr Narinder Singh and Sunil Sharma.
Raina said the BJP cadre has to gear up for these elections from today and ensure the victory of party.
BJP State chief said the workers participation in winning elections at any level is a must. He said the main reason for NDA losing elections in 2004 was that workers felt ignored at that time.
He said BJP has a challenging task in J&K as the situation in this part of country is quite different from other states. The people of other states see the patriotism of Dr Shayama Prasad Mookerji and Pt Prem Nath Dogra in the BJP workers of the State and they have many expectations from us. He said unlike other parties a BJP worker has to devote himself to nation instead of having any expectations for himself, and party workers are expected to render a selfless service to the country. “For us nation is first, party second and self third”, he added.
Raina, while terming the newly appointed team as best one among the party leadership, said that they have a vast experience as they have served on important posts in party previously also. The team was chosen and changes were made keeping in view the 2019 Lok Sabha pole, he added.
He said the newly appointed party office bearers have not only given the post but entrusted a great responsibility and it is expected that they will overcome the same.
Making a dig at opposition parties the BJP president said that his party does not believe in caste based and communal politics but our main thrust is safeguarding national interests.
Addressing the meeting of Urban local bodies and Panchayat incharges, Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh asked party men that they should spread in length and breadth of the State, hold interactions with the people, listen their grievances and find ways and means to redress them.
He said the people are the strength of the party and the leadership and workers should maintain a good liaison with masses.
Party general secretary (Org), Ashok Koul expressed the hope that the new team will discharge its duties honestly which will be assigned to them from time to time.
He announced that the National Executive meeting will be held on August 18 and 19 which will be followed by State Executive meet and the date for the same will be announced later.
Jugal Kishore Sharma, in his address said that the incharges of the Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies have a great responsibility to secure every single vote for the party.
Shamsher Singh Manhas, prompted all the Panchayat incharges to share their concerns about the approaching elections.
Dr. Narinder conducted the proceedings during the meetings.