Rahil Nora Chopra

The buzz is that the BJP will break its alliance with the PDP in Jammu & Kashmir after the election of the President and the Vice-President. According to sources, Amit Shah told Ram Madhav that they would  fight the next J-K Assembly election on their own and asked him to work on the ground. Recently BJP chief visited   J-K  and this indicates the purpose of the tour which is basically to strategise on ways to help the BJP win the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, particularly finding the right formula to capture seats that the party lost in 2014. Two years after they came to power in J-K , BJP and PDP are locked into a war of words both publicly and privately, each blaming the other for massive mob violence, rising militancy and the embarrassingly low voter turnout for the  Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll. Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti met Narendra Modi, and Rajnath singh and had asked them to initiate the dialogue process and to  save the alliance.  Mehbooba told Modi that talking to every one is the only solution in Kashmir as Atal Bihari Vajpayee started the dialogue process and had firm belief that exchange of words was the only solution. But the Prime Minister did not accept the suggestion and had asked her to see first stone pelting and terrorism in stopped. Then only any exchange of words to restore peace between them would be possible.


In the wake of the Congress defeat in Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand and recently in the Delhi MCD polls as also the paert’s failure to form the government in Goa and Manipu, overhauling of the party is being accorded the highest priority. Already, several new faces have been inducted as general secretaries and as secretaries under them. Continung the process, the high command is likely to appoint Sushil Kumar Shinde, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Bhanwar Jitender Singh as general secretaries.  Ajay Maken resigned from PCC chief’s post after losing in the  Delhi MCD election but Rahul Gandhi has rejected his resignation and told Maken to continue in the post.


BJP President Amit Shah has asked the West Bengal state leadership to prepare a roadmap for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. West Bengal has 42 seats and if the party wins more than 20 seats in the state, it would be a big boost. Though BJP’s vote share in the state decreased from 17.5 per cent in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls to 10.2 per cent in the Assembly elections. It was the first time the party won three seats on its own in the state. Recently Shah toured the state for almost three days and interacted with party workers at several places. He tried to boost the morale of party workers by saying the BJP would make all-out efforts to form the next government in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee, however is not taking the BJP lightly, although she is trying also to suggest that her party is not bothered about the BJP’s plans for the state. She is repearedly telling the people not to fall prey to the  “divisive politics” of the BJP. People must remember that the TMC firmly believes in communal harmony, she is adding while addressing public meetings. Shah has assigned the ground work to senior MP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya and the state’s former party chief Rahul Sinha. Before the LS elections in 2019, Shah wants them to gain toehold by utilising the panchayat elections to be held next year.  According to sources, RSS workers are working hard in West Bengal for the last six months.  (IPA)

Sunday, 7 May, 2017