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New BJP chief sees LS polls as a challenge

HT Correspondent   Amritsar , January 16, 2013
First Published: 21:40 IST(16/1/2013) | Last Updated: 21:59 IST(16/1/2013)

Arriving in Amritsar to a warm welcome by the local party leadership and workers, newly appointed Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma said that the Lok Sabha polls of 2014 were a major challenge ahead of him.

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"The Lok Sabha polls are coming, and that is a major challenge I see for myself. My aim is to further strengthen the party and lift the morale of party workers," Sharma said.

On a question about the recent domination of the SAD in urban areas, the BJP chief said, "We don't see it as a domination. We feel they are expanding their base. We will also further expand our base."

Asked about the recent tussle between the BJP and the SAD over municipal corporation posts, Sharma said, "Definitely, it was a matter of concern, but we can iron out such differences as both the parties have able leadership at the top level. These are small issues."

Cabinet minister Anil Joshi, mayor Bakshi Ram Arora and BJP leaders Rajinder Mohan Singh Chinna, Shawet Malik, Tarun Chugh, Rajesh Honey and Manav Taneja were among those who welcomed Sharma. Various BJP councillors of the city were also present.

Sharma later addressed party workers and appealed to them to work for strengthening the party and ignore internal differences.

The state BJP chief also paid obeisance at the Golden Temple and Durgiana Mandir.

Hall gate blocked

Commuters faced a tough time as enthusiastic BJP workers lined up to welcome the new state party chief. A traffic jam was witnessed near Bhandari Bridge and entry from the busy Hall Gate was stopped for almost an hour. Various roundabouts and walls at Hall Gate were defaced with hoardings put up to welcome Sharma.

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