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BJP for young blood in party

Guwahati, April 29: The dismal performance of some BJP veterans in last year’s Assembly polls has left the party with no choice but to infuse young blood.

BJP national general secretary in-charge of Assam, Vijay Goel, told reporters here today that the party would infuse young blood to revamp it in the state.

The BJP’s decision to give priority to youth comes after its humiliating defeat in the last Assembly elections, when the number of BJP MLAs was reduced to five. The party had won 10 seats in the 2006 elections.

BJP veterans and sitting MLAs who lost in 2011 include state president of the party Ranjit Dutta, Mission Ranjan Das, Parimal Suklabaidya and Rameswar Teli.

Goel said there would be a change in party leadership in Assam after the party’s organisational elections in December. “The state unit is gearing up for a complete revamp, which would be done keeping in mind the 2014 Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

He also chaired a meeting held at the conference hall of the Guwahati Planetarium this evening to discuss the party’s strategy in the state for the 2014 polls.

Goel announced that senior AGP leader Amiya Kumar Bora would join BJP with his 1,000-odd supporters at Golaghat tomorrow.

Bora had unsuccessfully contested in the 2011 Assembly polls from Golaghat as an AGP candidate.

The BJP national general-secretary, however, dismissed reports of another AGP leader, Arun Sarma, joining the party as “rumour”.

He said the Congress defeat in the Delhi municipal polls has set the stage for the ouster of the Congress from the corridors of power in Delhi.

Goel said because of the Tarun Gogoi government failing on several key fronts, Assam has not been able to match the progress and developments of BJP-ruled states such as Gujarat, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh.

Goel and BJP national-general secretary Kiran Maheshwari attended a puja performed at the inauguration ceremony of the permanent BJP state office at Hengerabari in Guwahati this morning. “The state office has been named has been named as Atal Bihari Vajpayee Bhawan. It is the first BJP office in the entire country to be named after Vajpayee,” he said.