Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary Ram Madhav is scheduled to arrive in Valley on Tuesday to kick off a mass contact programme of the party for the upcoming assembly elections.
The visit of Madhav assumes significance as the party has launched a massive membership drive in Kashmir. The party expects to rope-in some known faces for upcoming assembly elections.
“Madhav ji is arriving here on Tuesday to kick start mass contact programme of the party,” BJP Kashmir media Incharge, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat told Greater Kashmir. “All preparations for his visit have almost been completed.”
Bhat said there is likelihood of prominent people joining the BJP. “It would be a marathon programme in which most of the party leaders including all district presidents and others will be present,” he said.
Madhav, who is party’s point man on Kashmir, recently said his party was committed to help bring back Pandits who fled Kashmir Valley at the outbreak of militancy in Kashmir in 1989.
“Their fundamental rights of returning to the valley have to be respected. At the same time, we have to provide them (Pandits) proper security,” Madhav had said in an interview.
The BJP claims that 85,000 people in the Valley have joined the party so far in its ongoing membership drive. “More and more people are joining us and we are getting strengthened with each passing day in Kashmir,” BJP General Secretary (Organizations), Ashok Kaul told Greater Kashmir.
“We have succeeded in giving justice and development to people of Kashmir.”
In Kashmir, Kaul said majority of party leaders are focusing on strengthening the party base in a bid to win some seats from the valley in the upcoming Assembly polls.
Pertinently, in a first, the BJP took a lead in an assembly segment, Tral, in Kashmir in the recently concluded parliamentary elections.
Official data suggested that the BJP candidate for the Anantnag had polled more votes in Tral than the candidates of the parties like the National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and even the Congress.
As per the figures, the BJP had polled 323 votes in Tral followed by the National Conference which secured 234 votes, Peoples Democratic Party with 220 votes, and the Congress with 144 votes.
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