BJP national president meets Jammu leaders, spurs poll preparations

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BJP national president meets Jammu leaders, spurs poll preparations

 

Srinagar, March 7: BJP national president J.P. Naddas arrival in Jammu on Monday fuelled speculations that the party was gathering inputs from local leaders to chalk out its poll strategy for the upcoming Assembly elections in the Union Territory (UT).  

Nadda is visiting J&K aftermost two years. Ahead of his arrival in Jammu, BJPs Kashmir in-charge Tarun Chugh has been camping in the UT and meeting local leaders. An atmosphere of positive change in J&K is clearly visible, said the leader. He visited the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Katra.   

Nadda and Union Minister Jitendra Singh will be collecting feedback from the local leaders. He will also chair a meeting of the BJPs core group in Jammu. Sources said the BJP was planning to counter the narrative of the Peoples Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), an amalgam of around five parties fighting for the restoration of the pre-August 5, 2019 position in J&K.

The Gupkar alliance recently released a white paper in Srinagar. It listed the failures of the Centre on many fronts, including employment and development, in J&K since the Centre ended the erstwhile States special constitutional position.

 The BJP is banking on the hilly regions of the Pir Panjal and the Chenab valley to win the elections in J&K. Several measures, including the implementation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA) and granting domicile status to West Pakistan refugees, have been undertaken by the Lieutenant Governors administration. 

Meanwhile, the BJP has marked the Gupkar alliance as its main opposition in J&K.

Chugh, also BJPs national general secretary, who arrived in J&K on Saturday, targeted the conglomerate headed by National Conference president Farooq Abdullah.  

Chugh described the Gupkar alliance as a group of retired and tired people with a perverted mindset, who spent their reign to destroy Kashmir and spoil its peaceful atmosphere. They [the parties associated with the Gupkar alliance] gave stones, AK-47 and grenades to Kashmiri youth. We gave them education and jobs. Today, youth are becoming doctors, engineers and IAS officers; then they used to become mujahideen, he said, in an interview with a local news agency. 

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