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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Amritsar , July 08, 2013
Terming the two-day state executive meet a success, the Punjab BJP leadership set the tone for the coming Lok Sabha election by forming campaign committees and asking party workers to reach each and every household in the state for votes. Apart from forming a state-level election campaign committee, such panels for three Parliamentary seats of Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur and Amritsar to be contested by the BJP.

Addressing media persons here on Monday after the meeting, Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma said, "A lot of deliberations were made and certainly the focus was to gear up for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. We have also formed the state-level election campaign committee and urged party workers to reach out to each household as part of the campaign for the general election."

The state-level campaign committee would be led by senior party leader Balramji Das Tandon while MLA Ashwani Kumar will be its secretary. Punjab assembly deputy speaker Dinesh Babbu, cabinet minister Anil Joshi, party vice-president Laxmi Kanta Chawla, former MLA Arunesh Shakir and Tikshan Sud would be the members.

Cabinet minister Chunni Lal Bhagat and four general secretaries of the Punjab BJP would be ex-officio members of the panel.

Sharma also announced the names of Vinod Sharma, Narottam Dev Ratti and Prof Rajinder Bhandari as campaign incharge of Parliamentary seats of Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur and Amritsar, respectively.
The Punjab BJP also announced the names of party leader to lead the youth wing, SC Morcha and Kissan Morcha.

"The BJP is gearing up for the coming polls and will try to reach out to each voter and expose the Congress on the issues of scams, corruption and misgovernance by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre," Kamal Sharma said.

Since party's national president Rajnath Singh had asked the Punjab unit to make all efforts towards victory in the coming general election, Kamal Sharma stressed that the entire plan had been worked out. "We will form booth-level committees, reach out people and also launch a plantation drive in the state for the protection of environment. People will be made aware about the wrongdoings of the Congress as well," Sharma added.

At the end of the two-day executive meet, the BJP also adopted a political resolution to welcome the elevation of Narendra Modi as BJP campaign committee chairman. The BJP also highlighted the tasks taken up by the SAD-BJP alliance in the last six years and slammed the Congress on corruption and scams.

Relations with Akali Dal
On the recent rift with the SAD during the MC and panchayati polls in the state, Kamal Sharma said, "Our alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal is very strong. At times, incidents do happen. Although these were not discussed in the two-day meeting, the same would be taken up in meetings in future."

BJP worried on civic issue
As for the poor civic amenities in urban areas of Punjab, Kamal Sharma said that developmental works have been done and some more were definitely needed. "We are aware of the situation and in the coming months, efforts will be made to get pending projects completed so that people do not face problems," he added.