BJP discusses Assam polls amid pandemic
The ruling BJP is continuing its preparation for the upcoming elections in Assam amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The party’s core committee had a meeting with BJP national president J.P. Nadda on Sunday on the current political scenario in Assam, where he asked the state committee to assess the performance of the legislators.
The meeting also discussed the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) election, which was to be held last month but was postponed indefinitely because of the pandemic. The Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD), which is governed by the BTC, is now under the administrative control of governor Jagdish Mukhi.
“The meeting focussed on two issues — the current political situation of the state as well as the measures it is taking to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” said a source in the party.
“The meeting discussed the BTAD election, other town committee elections and the next year’s Assembly election. Nadda asked the core committee members to review the party’s position constituencywise and assess performance of the MLAs,” said the source.
The party had earlier taken an initiative to make the legislators accountable by asking them to submit report cards. However, not many MLAs had submitted their report cards.
Dass had earlier said the chance of sitting MLAs getting a ticket would depend on their performance indicating that some of them might not get tickets for next year’s Assembly election.
The source said Nadda asked the state committee to continue organisational activities through online mode saying the fight against Covid-19 was likely to be prolonged.
The meeting was attended by BJP national general secretary (organisation) B.L. Santhosh, national general secretary Ram Madhav, national secretary Ramen Deka, party’s Northeast zonal secretary Ajay Jamwal, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Assam BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass, convener of North East Democratic Alliance (Neda), Himanta Biswa Sarma, minister Parimal Suklabaidya, former central minister Bijoya Chakravarty and former MP Rajen Gohain, among others.