2-Day BJP Meet at Vizag From Saturday
Amaravati: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would hold its two-day State executive meeting in Visakhapatnam from April 29. Party State president and MP Kambhampati Haribabu would chair the two-day proceedings. The BJP national general secretary, UP Health Minister Siddharthnadh Singh, would address the State meeting.
The party MPs, MLAs, MLCs and other leaders at the State and national level would participate in the two-day deliberations. Presidents and Secretaries of the party’s frontal organisations would also be present during the two-day meeting. The meeting is set to focus on strengthen the party from the booth level. The party is planning to constitute polling booth level committees in the State, without disturbing the relationship with the ruling Telugu Desam Party.
Though a section of the BJP leaders in the State want the party high command to drop the TDP from the alliance to expand the BJP in the State, senior leaders are not ready to sever ties with the TDP at this point of time. Some of the leaders have complained against the TDP leaders at village level for preventing the BJP leaders from taking up membership drive. A meeting of the BJP leaders in Bhimavaram a couple of months ago witnessed open outburst of the leaders about the TDP’s objections in continuing the membership drive. They have told the party top leaders that BJP could not carry out its membership drive and expand its base unless it detached from the TDP.
The issue of continuing alliance with the TDP is also likely to come up for discussion during the two-day meeting in Visakhapatnam. The party leaders at the State office here admitted that the two-day meet is also expected to discuss the alliance with the TDP and also the possibility of early elections call given by the Chief Minister in the State.
“We may not sever ties with the TDP at this point. But the party would discuss merits and demerits of continuing the alliance. It is a fact that the BJP leaders at the village level are facing problems from the TDP leaders in membership drive and it is not possible to expand the BJP while continuing alliance,” a senior leader quipped.