BJP to check strength in Kashmir; displays intent to sweep municipal elections

Srinagar, February 5:With upcoming municipal elections in sight, the BJP is determined to strengthen its base in the Kashmir whether it will be a part of the next government or not. They have requested Governor N.N. Vohra to sanction 10 days to form the new government in the state as the party leaders have kept an eagle eye on upcoming municipal elections.

Fayaz Ahmad Bhat, BJP candidate from the valley who had contested from Devsar in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district and secured the maximum number of votes (3,892) during the Assembly elections said that the focus would be on municipal elections regardless of the fact whether BJP will be a part of government formation or not.

Further he said that they are working towards reinforcing the cadre and organisational arrangement. However BJP has been claiming that they have signed up about 3.3 lakh members in Kashmir valley though the real strength is required to be tested yet. Inspite of hectic campaigning during last Assembly elections, BJP had lost 33 seats out of 34.

Another BJP leader Altaf Thakur, too, said that the discussions related to the municipal elections are managed by the senior leaders. And as of now their main focus is to perform in municipal elections for which BJP general secretary Ashok Koul will visit the valley from February 6 to 8 to inspect the preparations for the municipal elections.

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