Central leadership to decide candidate for Lok Sabha seat: Vishal

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Port Blair
15 Feb 2019

Maintaining suspense over BJP candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha election-2019, for the lone Parliamentary Constituency of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the State BJP President, Mr. Vishal Jolly on Friday said any decision in this regard will be taken by the BJP central leadership.  Once the central leadership takes a decision, it will be binding on everybody. On being asked about his chances of getting the Lok Sabha ticket, Mr. Vishal reiterated that as on date, no candidate has been selected for Lok Sabha seat. However, the final decision lies with the central leadership. As the Lok Sabha election is schedule to be held within the next few months, Mr. Jolly spoke to ‘The Echo of India’ about the preparation of his party for the upcoming Parliamentary election.
On a question posed to him about relationship between the MP Bhawan and BJP Bhawan, Mr. Jolly said he shares a very cordial relationship with the MP and in the ensuing Lok Sabha election, both of them will work hand-in-hand so that BJP win is ensured in the lone Lok Sabha seat.    
“The State BJP is prepared to contest any election throughout the year not like other party which are visible on ground only during election time. The BJP party have already chalked out plans and strategies with the grass root level workers. We have formed Booth Committees. Four to five Booth Committees forms one Shakti Kendra and two to three Shakti Kendras forms a Mondal Committee and presently we have 48 Mondal Committees, in the six districts, across the islands. Meetings of grass root level party workers are being held on regular basis and the party is ready with issues to be taken before the public. I have been visiting every part of the islands holding meetings with the grass root level workers,” said Mr. Jolly.
Sharing his views about the major poll issues in the upcoming election, Mr. Jolly said the party will project development works that have been carried out by the BJP governments at the centre as well as in the Islands. The party will also ask votes for the works done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the last four and half years, these Islands witnessed unprecedented development in all fronts under this government. Major projects like ATR Bridges, Undersea cables, Atal Ayushman Bharat Yojana [National Health Protection Scheme) which were hanging fire for years have now been kick start after the BJP formed its government. These projects are now in different stages of completion. The BJP led NDA government is the first government that has been working for the poor by taking development to their doorstep. On being asked about support from the UT administration, particularly from Raj Niwas, the BJP State President said both the Lt Governor, Admiral D.K Joshi (Retd) and the Chief Secretary, Mr. Chetan B Shingvi are very supportive and has always taken up issues related to the islands with the central ministry. What he likes about the incumbent Lt Governor is that he is always open to all. He has ground knowledge of all issues related to the people of the islands and deals with every issue in a very mature manner. He also appreciated the Chief Secretary for putting in special efforts to make the visit of Prime Minister a grand success.
He further said that in order to monitor the implementation of the central government schemes implemented in the islands, the State BJP formed a committee. The committee after review of all development projects could find out that a private road construction company which has been given the ATR road construction work is not performing well, said Mr. Jolly. He expressed his dissatisfaction over slow progress of road projects in the Andaman Trunk Road. “I have taken up the matter with the NHIDCL to expedite the road construction work. Considerable time have passed but only 10 percent ATR work has been completed,” said Mr. Jolly adding that he is apprehensive that the road work will not be able to complete the work on time. However, he informed that an amount of Rs 33.2 crore has been sanctioned for the internal roads in the city and the road relaying work has already started.
To another question on BJP State Unit contesting the election with alliance partners with other parties at the State level, he replied that the party is open to all. “Our party is ready to have alliance with any party having similar ideology’, he said.
Change in the Building Bye-Laws in consultation with the people of the islands, exploring the possibility of G + 7 building construction, immediate release of enhance compensation to the tsunami affected farmers, release of Hard Area Allowance to Govt. employees, exploring the possibility of allotment of land to pre-1942, settlers and other community who have been settled in the islands since long once the deemed forest issue is settled are some of the vital issues, the BJP have been taking up, he said. He wanted that the administration should adopt the policy of minimum governance and speedy execution of development projects in the islands.