Himachal BJP’s three-day review meet begins today

Party leaders to assess state govt’s Covid response, plan strategy for byelections and next year’s assembly poll
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur (left) with senior BJP leader and former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal before the party meeting in Shimla on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur (left) with senior BJP leader and former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal before the party meeting in Shimla on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 15, 2021 01:58 PM IST
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A three-day meeting of senior BJP leaders begins in Shimla from Tuesday evening to assess the government’s efforts to combat the second Covid-19 wave and review the party’s strategy for the three byelections likely in August besides next year’s assembly elections.

The meeting, which begins at Hotel Peterhoff from 4pm, will be attended by chief minister Jai Ram Thakur, Union finance minister Anurag Thakur, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP national vice-president Saudan Singh, BJP state in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna, and co-in-charge Sanjay Tandon among others.

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The party leaders will analyse the Jai Ram Thakur government’s performance as it completes four years in December. The byelections for the Fatehpur and Jubbal Kotkhai assembly seats and Mandi parliamentary constituency are expected in August.

The BJP leaders will also review the reasons for the electoral reverses in the municipal corporation elections in Solan and Palampur and the close call amid rebellion in Dharamshala. Mandi, the hometown of the chief minister, was the only civic body where the party won a comfortable majority.

In a statement, state BJP president and Shimla MP Suresh Kashyap highlighted the efforts of the Seva Hi Sangathan-II initiative in providing Covid relief.

On June 16, the session will begin at 9am with a meeting of candidates who fought the 2017 assembly elections followed by another meet of conveners of party cells.

The next day, meetings will resume at 9am with brainstorming sessions of state presidents and general secretaries of frontal organisations and various cells of the party. A meeting of in-charges of the four parliamentary secretaries and districts is also scheduled.

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