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BJP begins LS poll groundwork in Assam

Guwahati, Dec. 3: The BJP will begin a constituency-wise evaluation of its political strength in each Lok Sabha seat in Assam from December 11.

BJP national vice-president and prabhari (in-charge) of Assam, S.S. Ahluwalia, will arrive here on December 9 to assess the party’s strengths and weaknesses in all the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state.

A source in the party today said the exercise would be conducted in a phase-wise manner. “Five constituencies — Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Lakhimpur and Kaliabor — will be covered in the first phase from December 11 to 18. The remaining constituencies will be covered in the next phase.”

He said during his visit, Ahluwalia will hold discussions with the booth committee members, who are the party’s grassroots workers, in a bid to assess the current political situation, the party’s strength in the state and potential candidates.

Ahluwalia will submit his report to the party high command.

At present, the party has four MPs from Assam and it is working hard to increase its tally. “Though this exercise is not exclusively aimed at selecting party candidates for the 2014 parliamentary polls, the outcome of the assessment will certainly have a bearing on candidate selection,” he said. Another objective of this exercise is to strengthen the booth committees as they remain in direct touch with the voters.

The source said Ahluwalia would also address a mass rally, organised by the BJP Yuva Morcha, at Borduwa in Nagaon district on December 10. The BJP’s state president Sarbananda Sonowal today said the party would talk to every indigenous community in the state before the election. He, however, refrained from using the word alliance.

“The BJP has decided to work by gaining the faith of every indigenous community,” he said.

The party held a two-day executive meeting here, which concluded today, to take stock of its preparedness for the Lok Sabha poll. The participants discussed how to strengthen its base. “Strengthening of the party’s base is the most important task. We cannot forget that even someone like Bhupen Hazarika had lost an election,” said a senior party member.

Sonowal said detection and deportation of foreigners would be a party plank.