BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav on Thursday said he was glad to see the enthusiasm among the party cadre ahead of the urban local bodies (ULB) elections. He also mocked the National Conference (NC) and the PDP for fielding proxy candidates after calling for the boycott of the municipal polls.
“Our party candidates are contesting from all municipal bodies of the Valley. I came here to take stock of the situation and encourage our candidates. Even in difficult (militancy affected) areas like south Kashmir, the party has been able to put up good number of candidates. I realise that as we are coming nearer, there is sudden enthusiasm in filing the nominations….It is quite visible…It is a good sign,” Madhav told mediapersons after chairing a meeting here to review the preparations for the municipal elections starting October 8.
He said the boycott call by the two main parties of the state — NC and PDP — was “very unfortunate”, but their candidates were filing nominations as proxies.
Taking a dig at the two parties, he said fielding candidates as Independents was nevertheless a “good sign” and that the “democracy should flourish”.
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This is the second visit of Madhav to Kashmir in this month. Earlier on September11, Madhav had made fervent appeal to NC and PDP to reconsider their boycott decision. “NC and PDP should play their part in empowering the people at grass root level,” he had said.
The BJP leader said that the safety and security of candidates contesting these elections will be top the priority. “Not only candidates of BJP, but the safety and security of every contesting candidate is the top priority,” he said. “I appreciate the candidates of all parties who are in the fray.”
At the meeting, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, BJP media in charge, said Madhav took feedback from the workers. “He interacted with the workers and took feedback. He appreciated the candidates for coming forward to contest the polls despite the overall situation,” he said.