Himachal BJP executive meet begins with focus on PRI polls, 2017 assembly elections

  • Naresh K Thakur, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Apr 30, 2015 22:58 IST

A two-day meeting of Himachal Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state executive began in Dharamsala on Thursday, with party leaders vowing to accomplish ‘Mission 50’ in assembly election slated for year 2017.

As the 400 odd delegates from across the state gathered in the hill-town for the meet, the party stressed upon strengthening the its organisation base and slammed the Virbhadra-led state government for its “failure” on various fronts.

With its focus on upcoming elections for panchayati raj institutions (PRI), municipal councils and committees, the saffron party emphasised upon achieving the target of enrolling 15 lakh members in the ongoing membership drive.

“We are already near the target with number of members’ enrolled crossed over 13 lakh mark. Next phase is to constitute block and district level executives. If it is done properly nobody can stop us from winning 50 seats in the next assembly elections,” said Himachal Pradesh BJP chief Satpal Satti in his opening remarks.

The next big challenge the party faces, Satti said, was elections for PRIs and MCs and given the political scenario they were sure of registering a thumping victory. He, however, cautioned the party workers to stay alert alleging that ruling party (Congress) may rig the reservation roaster in the PRI polls.

Hinting to possible changes in organisational structure of the party in future, Satti said, the party would promote young leaders who were hard working and committed.

Launching a scathing attack on the Virbhadra- Singh Congress regime, the state BJP chief said that mafias were ruling the roost in hill-state, while government played a puppet in their hand.

Accusing Congress government of indulging in vendetta politics, Satti alleged that Virbhadra regime was trying to throttle the voice of opposition by implicating them in false cases. He said the law and order situation was deteriorating in the state with rise in the crime rate while the government was misusing police and civil administration to suppress the opponents.

Praising the union government for its achievements at national and international level, Satti said the Centre had sanctioned some big projects for the state, while adequate funds had been released for developmental works.

Meanwhile, addressing the party workers in the post-lunch session, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal heaped praises on Modi- government for re-building a positive image of the country on world level.

He said the person who was earlier denied visa by various countries had been described as World’s greatest reformer of the present time by the US President Barack Obama.

“Under Modi’s leadership India is heading towards becoming a corruption free country as no scam has been reported in past 11 months,” said Dhumal, adding that in UPA regime India reeled under series of scams.

Former chief minister and Kangra MP Shanta Kumar and national organising secretary Shiv Prasad also attended the meet.

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