With the Bhartiya Janta party (BJP) president Amit shah asked its cadres to focus on the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, due later this year, the BJP is all set to rollout poll campaigning for Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir News Service has learnt from sources that the poll strategy of Jammu and Kashmir was discussed in the Party’s National council meeting in New Delhi and it was decided that the union ministers and party stalwarts will visit the state and address public meetings to seek votes for the party. “The visit of Union Ministers in Jammu region will be from next week which will be followed by Kashmir and Ladakh regions in the coming month to prepare ground for its victory in the assembly elections” one of the senior BJP leader told KNS.
Sources said that the BJP high command has stressed to focus on the 44 seats from the state. “Keeping eye on the 44 seats from the state the party high command has also shortlisted some candidates for the Assembly elections in the State but their names were kept a top secret, sources said, adding the probable candidates have however been given the indication to go in their respective constituencies and start campaigning.Sources said that the meeting further decided that special emphasis will be laid on remote regions, Muslim majority areas, SCs, STs, OBCs, farmers, border people and youth. The issue of unemployment of youth was specially focused on at the meeting and the ameliorative measures that could be taken to tackle their hardships and sufferings.
Sources said that top brass of BJP leaders, including President Amit shah,Prime Minister Nerendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj among others, are expected to meet in couple of days to set the road map for the forth coming Assembly elections in the Jammu and Kashmir, and that a decision on contest from all the seats is likely to be taken by the top brass.One of the top brass leader of the BJP told KNS that the Party is eyeing to win 44+ seats in the State and it will concentrate to win all 25 Assembly seats in Jammu region on which the Party had maintained a lead in recently held Lok Sabha elections.“There are 37 assembly seats in the Jammu region and we want to maximise our gains in this region. We plan to win at least 32-33 seats in this region itself. The other four seats BJP is targeting are Leh, Nobra, Zanskar and Kargil,” he said.In the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won Jammu, Ladakh and Udhampur seats, which comprise 41 assembly segments. Political analysts following the developments in the state say the BJP can improve its tally in the state elections if it is able to maintain the euphoria in favour of the party. But they predict that the ruling party will not be in a position to form a government in the state. (KNS)