With an eye on the upcoming Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh, BJP has appointed Mangal Pandey as the party’s in-charge for the hill state. Pandey, who was former Bihar BJP chief, succeeded Shrikant Sharma. Sharma is now a Cabinet minister in the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh. The decision was taken following party Chief Amit Shah’s visit to Palampur. In Palampur, a two-day conclave of top state BJP was held. It has been learned that the main object of the meeting was to prepare the strategy for Assembly elections and strengthen the party in biggest Kangra district with 15 out of 68 seats, which led to defeat of the party in 2012 elections, a senior party leader was quoted as saying by PTI.
According to The Indian Express report, Pandey is known for his organisational skills. Apart from this, he is currently an MLC. The report says that Pandey’s appointment was crucial because the party is already half-way through the process of preparation of its poll strategy. Notably, BJP had only recently won the Bhoranj bypoll in Hamirpur district.
But before the assembly polls, party face a test in form of Shimla Municipal Corporation election, which is scheduled to be held at the end of this month. After resounding successes in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand during the recently concluded assembly polls and a thumping victory in the last month’s MCD elections.
Meanwhile, Congress also has started taking steps for the assembly polls. Yesterday, Himachal Pradesh Congress had chalked out a roadmap to prepare for the assembly polls. The HPCC, which met yesterday under the chairmanship of state party chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukkhu, discussed strategy for the polls and decided to hold worker conclaves in all organisational districts, as per PTI report.
Acciording to the report, the first worker conclave would be held at Palampur on May 25 and all the districts would be covered by the end of June. Committees would be set up at booth-level and conventions would be held in every district in which Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, MLAs and senior party leaders would participate.
According to the report, it was also decided to organise a Shaheed Samman Yatra in Dharamshala on May 21 to mark the 26th death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi. Sukkhu said that the Congress was ideologically united while the BJP was spreading rumours that some Congressmen are contemplating joining the saffron party.