Amit Shah visit in Kerala puts BJP on overdrive

After the three-day visit of BJP national president Amit Shah to the state, it appears the party leaders and cadre will be a busy lot in the months to come.

Published: 06th June 2017 03:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th June 2017 03:04 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After the three-day visit of BJP national president Amit Shah to the state, it appears the party leaders and cadre will be a busy lot in the months to come. They have been given a jam-packed schedule, beginning with the visit of Union Ministers to all districts to attend programmes marking the Narendra Modi Government’s third anniversary. 

“Debates, public functions and other programmes are planned in all districts,” BJP state general secretary M T Ramesh told the media. “The ministers will complete their visits by June 30,” In addition, 6,000 full-time workers - from state president Kummanam Rajasekharan to panchayat-level leaders - will spend 15 days each, co-ordinating booth-level activities. 

This is part of the preparations for Parliament elections. “The full-time workers must choose booths other than their own. This is a compulsory programme and house visits are also planned. It will be completed by August,” he said.There were reports Shah had given the state leadership a stern ultimatum to get its act together before the Lok Sabha polls.

He had also informed them of his next visit in October. However, Ramesh called the reports speculative and said Shah had returned to New Delhi ‘fully satisfied’.

The statements made by the CPM, Congress and the Muslim League leaders during Shah’s visit revealed their apprehension the NDA had emerged a strong alternative to the LDF and the UDF, he said.

‘Assembly turned into a venue for anti-centre activity’

The LDF and the UDF are turning the Assembly into a venue for anti-Centre activity, BJP state general secretary M T Ramesh said on Monday.

He was reacting to the government’s plans to hold a special session on Thursday to protest against the new cattle slaughter rules. Though the rules had kicked up a storm, it will not have any adverse impact on the BJP’s prospects in the state, he said. 

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