Nadda meets BJP leaders in Jammu, prompts poll preparations

Bharatiya Janata Party national president JP Nadda on Monday offered prayers at the Vaishno Devi temple and urged the party leadership in Jammu and Kashmir to prepare for the assembly elections, which could be announced anytime.

BJP leaders in Jammu said the visit was significant as Union Home Minister Amit Shah had recently informed that the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir would be held within eight months.

This is the BJP chief’s first visit to the union territory after the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act was passed on August 5 and 6 in 2019, through which the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked and the state was renamed as Jammu and Kashmir and Jammu and Kashmir. The two union territories of Ladakh were downgraded.

Nadda was accompanied by Union Minister Jitendra Singh and party’s national general secretary and in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir Tarun Chugh. He was accorded a rousing welcome in Jammu city as the youth wing of the party arranged for a massive celebration apart from taking out a procession with his convoy from outside the airport.

“An atmosphere of positive change is clearly visible in J&K,” Nadda tweeted.

Nadda, who was on a day trip to Jammu, went straight from the city to the Mata Vaishno Devi temple. “Had the privilege of having darshan of Maa Vaishno Devi with family in Jammu today. Positive energy is transmitted by the darshan of Mata Rani. Mother bless all the countrymen. Jai Maa Devi,” Nadda tweeted from the shrine.

BJP leaders said they prayed for the party’s victory in the five states where assembly elections were held recently. The counting of votes is scheduled in five states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa.

On his return to Jammu city, he presided over a meeting with party leaders and other members. BJP’s media in-charge in Kashmir, Manzoor Bhat, who attended the meeting, said, “Naddaji indicated that the assembly elections could be announced anytime and the party should be prepared for it.”

The BJP national president also praised the party’s Kashmir unit for working in “challenging conditions”. “He said the sacrifices of BJP workers would soon bear fruit as the party is going to form the government here,” Bhat said. The meeting lasted for over 150 minutes and Nadda took a detailed review from the members.

In J&K, the Delimitation Commission is scheduled to submit its report by May 6 this year and after its submission, the Election Commission of India is likely to initiate the process of revision of electoral rolls. The last assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir were held in December 2014 and the PDP-BJP coalition government was formed in 2015.

In June 2018, the BJP withdrew support to the coalition government and since then, Jammu and Kashmir has been under Governor’s rule and then President’s rule. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had recently said that the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir would be held within six to eight months from the completion of the delimitation process and the statehood of the Union Territory would be restored later.

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