Stage set for Amit Shah visit to Amritsar

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: May 01, 2015 19:51 IST

After missing out on the anti-drug public rally in January, BJP national president Amit Shah will make his first visit to Punjab after the installation of the Modi government in New Delhi.

He will be arriving in the holy city on Saturday to address the Punjab BJP’s ‘Karyakarta Sammelan’ (workers conference) and impart tips to party leaders on strategies to strengthen the party in the border state. All preparations have been made for the meeting that will be held at Ranjit Avenue ground.

Giving details to the media here on Friday, state BJP chief Kamal Sharma said Shah would arrive here in the forenoon from Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. He would first address an active members’ conference of the party’s members from Punjab and after that he would hold a meeting of senior members of the state unit, he added.

Sharma said, “Shah’s visit to Punjab was a part of his all-India tour to assess the strength of the party in every state at the end of the party membership drive that ended on April 30.”

During the BJP’s membership drive, he pointed out, the Punjab unit had enrolled around 23 lakh members.

“For every 100 members enrolled, there is one active member,” he said, while explaining the concept of ‘active’ members.
In the meeting of the active members, district-level office bearers will also be present. The senior members meeting will be attended by all state-level office bearers, district presidents, MLAs past and present and MPs past and present.

Thereafter, the BJP chief will pay obeisance at the Golden Temple and the Durgiana Mandir and also visit the Jallianwala Bagh. The following day he will pay obeisance at Ram Tirath shrine before proceeding to the national capital.

On Sunday, after the departure of Shah, the BJP will launch its ‘Samparakh Abhiyan’, which will continue all through the year. At the launch of this programme, Madhya Pradesh cabinet minister Kailash Vijayvarge will address the party workers and explain to them the details of the new initiative aimed at strengthening the mass base of the party. The MP minister is the in-charge of the programme at the national level.

Shah’s programme

May 2

2 pm Address to active members conference

4.30pm Addresses to meeting of senior party leaders, including MPs and MLAs, and state level-office bearers

6.30pm Pays obeisance at the Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir and Jallianwala Bagh.

May 3

Pays a visit to Ram Tirath and then leave for Delhi

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