The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will start a mass contact programme in Punjab from April 14 to mark the birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, which would conclude on April 24. This announcement came via a press release issued by Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma after the party’s state executive meeting in Chandigarh on Saturday.
He also launched attacks on the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), saying that both were “in the same business of befooling the people”. Speaking at the executive meet, Sharma said Prime Minister Narendra Modi “is working round the clock in order to ensure all-round development of the country, besides uplift of every section of society”, read the release.
BJP Punjab affairs in-charge Prabhat Jha said, “in line with the favourable atmosphere prevalent for BJP in the entire country, the party’s graph has gone up tremendously in Punjab.” The press release further quoted him as having said, “From a figure of 3 lakh, the BJP’s membership in Punjab has crossed 23 lakh, which is unprecedented for any political party. This clearly reflects the positive mood of the people of Punjab towards the saffron party.” Former Punjab BJP president Ashwani Sharma presented the report of the party’s national executive meet recently held at Delhi.
With Akalis on SYL
While presenting the political resolution, BJP state secretary Jatinder Kalra supported the stand taken by the Punjab government on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, and also the steps taken to prevent the incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib other religious books.
Union minister Vijay Sampla, and state ministers Chunni Lal Bhagat, Anil Joshi, Madan Mohan Mittal and Surjit Kumar Jyani presented the reports of their respective ministries. Apart from this, deliberations over many other issues, including party activities in the past three months, future programmes, strengthening and expansion of the organisation were held, said the press note.
Among the attendees were Rajya Sabha MP Shawet Malik, MLAs Manoranjan Kalia and KD Bhandari, Sukhjit Sahi, Seema Devi, Rajinder Bhandari, Tikshan Sud, Harjit Singh Grewal, Paramjit Kaur Panjgrain and other office-bearers among the 250 members of the state executive.