PUDUCHERRY: The BJP has embarked on contesting the 2016 Assembly elections alone in the UT of Puducherry, while keeping the hopes of an alliance with ruling All India NR Congress (AINRC) alive. “BJP is fighting the upcoming elections alone , but we are open to all like minded parties to join us” said BJP National Secretary Mahesh Giri.
“We had discussions with AINRC, but they are not in a decision mode. It was getting late and injustice could not be done to the party and its candidates by waiting longer . All parties are on the road and our candidates have to begin work and hence candidates have been announced. However anything can happen in the next few day ( before the filing of nomination papers )" said Mahesh Giri at a press conference to introduce the candidates.
The party has announced candidates for 16 seats and will subsequently announce the remaining seats . In the remaining 16 seats any like minded party can be accommodated he said. The party was ready to welcome those who have faith in the work being done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah . Parties like Lok Jana Sakti, Hindu Makkal katchi, Indo French Congress have extended support to BJP for the forthcoming polls.
In the last 23 months the party and the central BJP government has been working towards the development of a better India focusing on poor, economically backward, empowering women, youth and industrial development.
The party will bring out is election manifesto and go to people with the governance of Prime minister. However he has refused to comment on the governance provided by AINRC rule led by N Rangasamy in Puducherry . The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party President Amit Shah and minister would campaigning in Puducherry, Giri said.
The party though fighting alone is confident of doing well. Though the track record has not been good, yet like the parliamentary election where it had got full majority despite no good track record, party also hopes to get the same response here too, said Giri.
Puducherry BJP President V Saminathan, past Presidents M Visweswaran and R Kesavelu and candidates were present on the occasion.