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BJP meet to fine-tune poll strategy

Guwahati, Jan. 3: The BJP will fine-tune its election strategy in Assam at its two-day national executive meeting beginning here on Saturday.

Party sources said the national executive would discuss the strategy to be adopted for the Assembly polls in the state due next year. It will also discuss the political situation in other poll-bound states, including West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

“The meet will give directions to the party rank and file in the state for the final Assembly poll preparation. The meet will also target the Congress-led Tarun Gogoi government over the illegal migration from Bangladesh and rampant corruption in the state, including the Rs 1,000-crore scam in North Cachar Hills district,” a senior party leader said.

These two issues will be the party’s principal plank in the Assembly polls.

He said national issues, including the present political situation of the country and faulty economic policies of the UPA government leading to spiralling inflation, were also likely to come up for discussion.

The national executive will adopt resolutions on economic and political issues, including a couple of Assam-specific resolutions.

A massive public rally will be held at Khanapara on January 9 on the conclusion of the meeting, which will be addressed by top party leaders, including L.K. Advani, leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and the party’s election in-charge of Assam Varun Gandhi, signalling the launch of the Assam poll campaign.

“We will mobilise around 50,000 people for the rally,” the source said.

“This is for the first time the BJP is holding its national executive in Assam, which shows the importance the party is accoding the state and the Northeast,” he added.

Massive preparations are under way for the meeting, which will be held at Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok.

Nearly 359 executive members, including the party top brass and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, will attend the meeting.

BJP general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal a few days ago reviewed the preparations for the meeting with Assam BJP president Ranjit Dutta and MPs Rajen Gohain, Ramen Deka and Bijoya Chakraborty. “Ram Lal asked the party workers to leave no stone unturned to make the meeting a success. He also instructed them to set aside internal bickering and not to complain about each other before the central leaders during the meeting as it would create a negative image of the state unit,” the source said.

The three MPs were asked to mobilise people for the rally. Lal also directed the workers to decorate the city with posters, banners, party flags and welcome gates to greet the delegates.

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