Though election bugle not sounded, BJP asks cadre to gear up for Assembly poll

Avtar Bhat
JAMMU, Feb 23: Though election bugle has not been sounded in J&K UT yet, the BJP has geared up its cadres by asking the party senior leaders and activists to visit every nook and corner of the UT to apprise the people of various public welfare schemes launched by the Narendra Modi Government and also take a feedback from the beneficiaries of these schemes.
The party with an eye on upcoming Assembly elections in the UT of J&K which it considers will most probably be held in September or October of this year has asked its cadre during the Core Group meeting of the J&K Unit and districts as well as Morchas held here today to gear up for the elections from today by holding rallies and public meetings all over the UT. The party leaders will start campaigning among the people about the various welfare schemes and development projects launched by Modi Government for the J&K in the nook and corner of the UT soon, sources said.
The senior leaders during the meeting were given directives to visit every area and contact the people apprising them of the welfare schemes of the Government mainly Ayushman Bharat and taking a feedback from the beneficiaries about the same. They were asked to make a survey all over the UT of the left out deserving people who could not take the benefits of these schemes till date and frame their list to furnish the same to party higher ups in the UT, sources said.
Every senior leader of the party was asked to visit 25 to 30 booths in his district to take the message of the party and Government in this regard, sources, said, adding the booth management for BJP is more essential for electoral victory so from today the party will gear up for the elections by strengthening the booths all over the UT.
Jammu region being its main support base, the party has asked its cadre to visit every booth in all 10 districts of Jammu region and have a door to door contact with the people, sources said, adding the party is wedded to accomplish Mission 50 Plus in the forthcoming Assemble elections the target which was given by it to its cadre in the last Working Committee meeting over two months back.
Sources said the main focus during this mass contact programme will be that how many people in J&K have taken benefit of Modi’s welfare schemes especially Ayushman Bharat. They will ascertain whether all the deserving people in the UT have received the Ayushman Card or not, sources added.
They said starting UT wide campaigning from today will help the party in mobilising the public support and make ground smooth for it to accomplish its target.
Admitting that the party will launch a UT wide campaign from today, BJP UT president, Ravinder Raina said their agenda is to accomplish the 50 plus target and party will take all steps required in this regard including launching of mass awareness programmes about the welfare schemes initiated by the Modi Government.
Raina said “Our leaders will go to every Mohalla and village to disseminate information about the Government’s public welfare programmes and initiatives taken by it for the betterment of people of the J&K soon after the annulling of Articles 370 and 35 A in the year 2019”. The J&K is on the path of progress and development since then as the people who were deprived of their rights for last 70 years are now moving with their heads high, he added.
Raina said “We ended a great discrimination and injustice to which the people of this part of the country were subjected to by some political parties for their vested interests and thus we fulfilled the dream of Dr Shayama Prasad Mookherjee”.
“The BJP had sacrificed many leaders and activists for fulfilling this dream for which all credit goes to Prime Minster, Narendra Modi and Home Minister, Amit Shah”, he added.
He said the next Chief Minister will be from BJP as party is fully confident to bag 50 plus seats in coming elections for which it is starting the ground exercise now.
Today’s Core Committees meeting was chaired by Ravinder Raina. Though Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh was also invited to attend the meeting but he could not join due to his preoccupation in UP polls. The party senior leader and MP Lok Sabha, Jugal Kishore Sharma, former DyCM, Kavinder Gupta, party general secretary (Org.) Ashok Koul, former Minister & former State president Sat Sharma, party general secretaries Sunil Sharma (former Minister), Vibodh Gupta (former MLC) & Dr. Devinder Kumar Manyal former Minister and Mayor Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) Chander Mohan Gupta were on the dais.
Ravinder Raina while addressing the meeting encouraged the senior leaders of the party to work on the booth level in view of upcoming Assembly elections. He asked them to reach the booth level workers and strengthen the party at ground level. He also prompted them to identify the lacunas in the deliverance of the benefits of the Government funded public welfare schemes to the targeted underprivileged population.
Ashok Koul discussed the various organizational programmes allotted to the districts while he sought the reporting from the respective district presidents. He asked them to ensure the “Sashakt Mandal” and “Sakriya Booth” while emphasizing on the ground level working of the party activists. He asked the senior leaders of the party to devote their dedicated time to their respective booths and allotted areas to gear up the party activities.
Sunil Sharma informed about the Union Government funded public welfare schemes while asking the party leaders to gain detailed knowledge about their implementation.
Dr. Devinder Kumar Manyal conducted the proceedings.