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BJP gears up for general election, calls meet of 7 fronts in Haridwar

About nine months are still left for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections but the BJP’s Uttarakhand unit has started preparing for the poll battle. As part of the move the ruling party will organise the first joint meeting of all its seven morchas (fronts) in Haridwar on August 16

dehradun Updated: Aug 12, 2018 22:03 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
The move to hold a joint meeting of seven fronts is aimed at winning over SC, ST, OBC and minority communities, say BJP insiders. (HT File Photo)

About nine months are still left for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections but the BJP’s Uttarakhand unit has started preparing for the poll battle. As part of the move the ruling party will organise the first joint meeting of all its seven morchas (fronts) in Haridwar on August 16.

“Office bearers of our party’s all seven morchas will attend the proposed meeting in Haridwar. In that meeting they will be given tips to publicise all pro-poor schemes introduced by our government at the Centre ahead of the general election,” state BJP vice president Jyoti Prasad Gairola said.

“It will be the first such joint meeting of all of our party’s seven fronts,” he said.

BJP’s national joint general secretary (organisation) Shiv Prakash and the party’s national vice president and state in-charge Shyam Jaju will attend the daylong meeting. Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and state BJP president Ajay Bhatt will also be present.

The coming months may see the BJP carry out an aggressive campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha polls as it is faced with the challenge of retaining all the five parliamentary seats in the state.

The party’s seven fronts for which the proposed meeting will be organised pertain to youths, women, Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), farmers, Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and minorities. Some 330 state and district-level office bearers of the BJP’s seven fronts will participate in their maiden joint meeting.

“Our central leaders will give morcha office bearers some valuable tips about the pro-poor schemes introduced by our government at the Centre so that they may vigorously publicise them among the people,” Gairola said.

“The party’s state leaders would also share similar tips with the office bearers of morchas.”

Party insiders said the move to hold a joint meeting of seven fronts was also aimed to win over the SCs/STs, OBCs and minorities.

“Out of these communities, the minorities, especially Muslims are alienating from our party owing to its pro-Hindutva stance,” a state BJP leader said.

“So, office bearers of our party’s minority morcha would help bridge that gap by publicising among the minorities the schemes meant for them,” he said. Besides, the meeting would also aim to win over the SCs/STs.

“They recently launched a countrywide agitation to protest against the dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act after the Supreme Court banned automatic arrests under the law which seeks to protect them (SC/ST),” another BJP leader said.

According to him, at the meeting, office bearers would also be asked to publicise among the people the Centre’s recent move to amend the SC/ST Act.

“Its (OBC morcha) members would also be asked to publicise among the OBC communities the Centre’s move to give the constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes,” Gairola said.

“Similarly”, he added, “the members of mahila morcha will be asked to publicse a number of schemes the Centre has introduced for girls and women from the deprived sections of society.”

In that connection, he referred to Ujjawala, a scheme introduced by the Centre, under which women “are being provided free cooking gas (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) connections.”

Gairola said interactions of the office bearers of our seven morchas with our party’s central leaders would help boost their morale.

“Consequently, they will feel more motivated while publicising the government’s pro-poor schemes among the people,” he said.

“Besides, while attending the proposed meeting they will also become better informed about the nitty-gritty of those schemes, which will help them publicise in a better way.”

First Published: Aug 12, 2018 22:03 IST