| BJP president Nitin Gadkari inaugurates Atal Behari Vajpayee Bhawan at Hengerabari in Guwahati on Saturday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, May 12: BJP president Nitin Gadkari today asked party leaders here to get set for general elections anytime, as the political scenario in New Delhi was changing everyday.
In a closed-door meeting at the party’s new state headquarters, Gadkari asked MPs, MLAs and leaders of district units to also chalk out strategies for the panchayat elections expected to be held next year and strengthen the party’s base ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
“We all have to gear up as the Congress-led UPA government is in trouble and the country may face early elections. We have to be ready and start our work from the panchayat level,” party sources told The Telegraph, quoting Gadkari. Gadkari is on a two-day visit to Guwahati to take stock of the party’s activities in Assam and preparations for the ensuing Assembly elections in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura.
He inaugurated the new building of the party’s state headquarters here at Hengerabari, named after former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. Sources said party leaders like Bijoy Goel, Kiran Maheswari, Sudhanshu Mittal, Tapir Gao, Bijoya Charaborty and others attended the meeting and briefed Gadkari. Tomorrow, the BJP chief will meet party leaders from Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya to chalk out strategies for Assembly elections in the three states.
“Northeast has always been special for us. During the NDA tenure, our Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had taken up many development projects for the region but once the UPA government came to power, implementation of the projects slowed down. We must work together to ensure that the NDA comes back to power in the next election and we will continue to work for the Northeast,” Gadkari said at the inauguration of the new office building.