Punjab BJP has decided to leverage the “achievements of the NDA government” in the run up to the forthcoming assembly polls in the state.
This was the single thread which was running through the state executive meet of the party held here on Sunday where extensive deliberations were also held on the strategy to be evolved for the assembly polls.
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According to party sources, a section of its senior leadership believe that to deal with “anti-incumbency” against the present governmet, of which it is a partner, it is important to bring the Modi-factor into play.
A senior leader informed that the party would ask Modi to address a rally in Ludhiana on October 18 to attract voters.
“It was also decided that the party workers must highlight the fact that the Prime Minister has proven decisive in tackling the issue of terrorism by way of the cross-LoC strikes carried out by the Indian Army. Since two terror attacks had taken place in Punjab – Dinanagar and Pathankot – it is imperative that the strong anti-terror stance is conveyed to the voters,” a leader said.
It was, therefore, not surprising that the state unit president, Vijay Sampla as well as the state in-charge or organisational affairs, Prabhat Jha, both, made specific mention of the cross-LoC strike in their respective addresses at the executive meet. “We expect that a combination of these moves will help us offset the negativity that is floating in party workers regarding the alliance with SAD and will rejuvenate them. The first positive signs are already visible,” a senior leader who attended the deliberations informed.
In fact, Prabhat Jha also touched upon the issue of alliance compulsions in his address to the executive members when he pointed out that there had been protests in a coalition government of BJP in another state too several decades back as was being seen at times in Punjab. However, Jha said that it was decided at the time that it was imperative to remain in coalition and take part in running the government in order to get important administrative experience for future.
Meanwhile, as a part of the party decision to reach out to the displaced border residents, Vijay Sampla today paid a visit to a camp set up for people evacuated from border villages near Pathankot. Speaking to The Indian Express, Sampla said, “I visited the villagers who had gathered in Gurdwara Bath Sahib. Around 1200 border residents had gathered there at one point of time but now only 200 remain and the rest have gone back to take care of the crops,” he said.
He added that the border residents were happy with the facilities being provided by the state government.