Shah hints at holding Assembly, LS polls simultaneously

Rajput Sabha president Narain Singh posing for a photograph with BJP national president, Amit Shah and State President Ravinder Raina at New Delhi on Monday.
Rajput Sabha president Narain Singh posing for a photograph with BJP national president, Amit Shah and State President Ravinder Raina at New Delhi on Monday.

Avtar Bhat
NEW DELHI, Dec 31: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president, Amit Shah while indicating the holding of Assembly elections in the State of Jammu and Kashmir simultaneously along with Lok Sabha elections, has asked his party cadre to gear up for the same.
Speaking at a party programme at BJP Headquarters here today held in connection with joining of prominent leader from Jammu and president of Rajput Sabha, Naraian Singh in BJP, Shah said that there is every possibility that the Assembly elections in the State can also be held along with Parliamentary poll which falls due in April, 2019 after the expiry of present term of Lok Sabha.
He said BJP is the ultimate choice of the people all over the country as well as Jammu and Kashmir as it is the only party which serves the common man under the leadership of Narendra Modi and during over last four years of its rule at Centre it has launched many public welfare schemes and projects so that the neglected and deprived sections of the society can also take their advantage.
He said influenced by Party’s good work and pro*public policies many leaders across the country are joining BJP to make India a strong and powerful nation.
Shah, while stressing on strengthening of nationalist forces in the J&K said this is the only solution and way to bring the State out of present mess. “It is right time for us to go to people and apprise them of the pro poor, pro women and pro youth policies of Narendra Modi led Government’’, he added.
The BJP chief asked the partymen to concentrate on Ladakh region, far flung and remote areas of Jammu region and Kashmir Valley by taking party’s message and developmental agenda to each and every house hold. There is need of hour to strengthen the nationalist forces in Kashmir Valley to defeat the secessionist and anti national elements, he added.
BJP State president, Ravinder Raina, who was also present in the programme, said BJP activists in the State are in an upbeat mood and the party is all set to cross magic figure of +44 to form the next Government in the State on its own.
He said the ULB and Panchayat elections which were held in the State recently showed that BJP will perform far better than other parties in the State and seek majority on its own.
Earlier Raina and Narain Singh met BJP national general secretary incharge J&K Ram Madhav at his residence in the morning and discussed the modalities for joining of Singh in the party with him.
After the joining in the party fold the two leaders called on Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh and Union Minister in PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh and discussed various issues related to State with them.
During the meeting with Home Minister the prevailing situation in the State was discussed threadbare with him by BJP leaders. The issue related to security of the State and construction of bunkers along the International Border was also discussed by them with the Home Minister.
Raina said it the issues of West Pak refugees, PoJK refugees and Kashmiri migrants also figured in the meeting with the Home Minister.
The BJP State president said that he demanded constitution of Special Commission to probe the reasons which led to mass exodus of the Pandits from Valley and identification of forces responsible for the same and they be punished under the law of the land on the same pattern as the perpetrators of 1984 anti Sikh riots were punished. Besides, a white paper be also issued on this issue, he added.
It may be recalled that Raina has made a public announcement during the observance of Martyrdom Day of Pt. Prem Nath Bhat an RSS stalwart in which he demanded that a Commission of inquiry be made to probe the causes of mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Valley and termed it a great conspiracy aimed at genocide of the community.