BJP President Sounds Poll Bugle In J&K

BJP National President JP Nadda waves at the people, during a bike rally organised by members of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Jammu Kashmir, in his welcome from Jammu Airport to Katra, in Jammu, Monday, March 7, 2022. | Photo Credit: PTI

Get Ready For Elections; Present Is Ours, Let's Grab Future Too: Nadda

Jammu- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president J P Nadda on Monday asked his party men to get ready for assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir stating that the present was theirs and efforts should be made to “grab future too.”

Nadda arrived in Jammu on a two-day visit. He chaired a high level meeting of party leaders at Katra, Jammu in which senior BJP leaders that include national General Secretaries Tarun Chug, Vinod Tawdey, MoS PMO Dr Jitendera Singh and J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina besides all party leaders from J&K were present.

Addressing the party workers, Nadda showered praises on the party's Kashmir-based leaders for remaining steadfast during tough times and braving violence, sources privy to the meeting said.

“In 2008, no one could have thought that BJP rallies would be held in Kashmir as violence was at its peak. But I saw rallies and other programs of BJP taking place as the party's Kashmir based workers and leaders remained committed towards the party,” Nadda told the meeting, as per sources.

He, as per sources, hailed the party’s Kashmir based leaders for their efforts towards strengthening party roots in the Valley and urged them to keep moving in the right direction.

“You should get ready for the assembly elections. Present is ours but we all must make efforts to retain the forte and grab the future too,” Nadda was quoted as having told the meeting, as per sources.

He also checked the party pulse stating that the party was getting stronger with each passing day as more and more people are joining it.

“We have 18 crore workers across the country which really is a big achievement. In J&K, we have to strengthen the party at booth and constituency levels. You must build a close rapport with the people in villages, towns and constituencies to make BJP stronger day by day,” he told the meeting, as per sources.

Nadda listened to the party men from Kashmir and Jammu patiently.

Sources told a local news agency KNO that Nadda asked party leaders and workers to promote Prime Minister Narendera Modi’s vision in the months ahead. “Keep the momentum, I assure you that the future will be ours,” he told the meeting.

Pays Obeisance At Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine

Earlier Nadda arrived in Jammu to a rousing welcome, his first visit to the region after the abrogation of Article 370 and its bifurcation into two Union territories in August 2019.

He along with his family paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in Trikuta hills of Reasi district during his day-long visit.

Nadda, who was flanked by Union minister Jitendra Singh, got a rousing reception as hundreds of youth BJP workers and party leaders led by J-K BJP chief Ravinder Raina received him at Jammu airport.

Amid sloganeering in favour of the BJP and Nadda, the party's national chief stopped his vehicle and received garlands, flowers and shawls from the enthusiastic workers.

Nadda along with his family, Jitendra Singh, Ravinder Raina, and BJP national general secretary and in-charge J&K Tarun Chug paid obeisance at the cave shrine.

Nadda's visit to the shrine owes significance in view of the recently-held elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa, with counting of votes scheduled for March 10.

On his return from the shrine, Nadda held a brainstorming session with party leaders of various organisational units on further strengthening the party in the Union territory ahead of the forthcoming polls.

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