SRINAGAR: The coalition partner of Jammu and Kashmir Government, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Wednesday decided that the party will contest upcoming Panchayat elections likely to be held after winter, on its own.
The State BJP President, Satpal Sharma told STATE TIMES that the party high command has decided that BJP will contest the upcoming Panchayat polls all alone. “We will not contest the polls in alliance with coalition partner PDP,” he asserted.
Sharma claimed that not only in Jammu, BJP’s lotus is really blooming in the Kashmir also in the last few years, as the BJP has strengthened the foot hold across the valley.
“The party workers are trying very hard in the Kashmir region and we are getting good feedback from the valley. Seemingly, people are supporting the party,” added Sharma.
Sharma further added that the BJP will field its credible candidates in the upcoming Panchayat polls at every seat for which the elections are scheduled to be held in Mar-Apr next year.
“We are hopeful that people of valley will not deceive us in the Panchayat polls. We are sure that people will vote for our candidates and we will win with majority of seats,” added Sharma.
However, in the 2014 Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP could not manage to get a total of 50,000 votes in the Valley and 33 out of its 34 candidates lost their security deposits. But in Jammu region, BJP won 25 seats and the highest vote share of 23 per cent for the first time in the electoral history of the State.
“As the BJP now has good presence in the valley. The party leaders and workers will campaign across Kashmir to seek votes for the party candidates. We have shown the transparency in our governance in the State,” said senior BJP leader, pleading anonymity.
Notably, according to the sources in the BJPthe party leaders are not leaving any stone un-turned in the valley, as they have been seeking list of problems from the village heads, assuring them that the centre and the state government would provide all possible help if they cast their vote in favour of its candidates.
Recently, BJP has claimed that the party crossed 50,000 mark of new entrants in the party in its membership drive across Kashmir valley and has enrolled around 3.20 lakh members in its online membership drive in the valley only.
“Not only across the India, the BJP is anticipating handsome gains and support in the Jammu and Kashmir also on account of the central government’s demonetisation drive,” said another BJP leader.
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