AFTER TWO cancellations last month, the state BJP plans to hold a meeting of its newly-formed state executive committee in Jhansi on August 6 and 7 to discuss its poll strategy for the upcoming Assembly elections next
According to a party leader, the BJP is likely to target the Akhilesh Yadav government on law and order issues such as the recent gangrape in Bulandshahr, the alleged exodus of Hindus from Kairana and the land grabbing issue in
The party had planned to hold the meeting at Moradabad, but later shifted it to Jhansi, where it was postponed.
Party regional unit president Manvendra Singh said more than 600 party leaders, including executive committee members, district presidents and district in-charges would attend the meet. Senior party leaders such as Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Uma Bharti and Kalraj Mishra would be present for different portions of the meeting, according to spokesperson Chandra Mohan. Party national vice-president in-charge Om Prakash Mathur, national joint general secretary (organisation) Shiv Prakash and national general secretary Arun Singh will also be present at the two-day meet, which will be presided over by party state president Keshav Prasad Maurya.
The Kairana and Mathura incidents had been raised at the BJP national executive meet in Allahabad on June 12 and 13. BJP national president Amit Shah had announced that the alleged land grabbing by Samajwadi Party leaders would be taken up during campaigning for the upcoming polls, along with issues faced by farmers due to drought.
“The SP government has failed on all fronts. The BJP will draw up its poll strategy while holding the SP responsible for the deteriorating situation in UP,” said Chandra Mohan.
Aiming to win the 2017 polls with a clear majority, executives will also discuss separate poll strategies for all 337 Assembly segments in which they had secured maximum votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. “The party will also discuss two upcoming campaigns – ‘Azadi ke 70 saal-zara yaad karo kurbani’ and ‘Tiranga Yatra,” said a party leader.
BJP state office-bearers will first hold a meeting on August 6 to decide the agenda and proposals for the executive meeting.