Jammu: Amid the simmering protests in Kashmir, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) president Amit Shah kick started his 95-day long tour across India from Jammu to strategize ways to strengthen the party at the grass-roots level with an eye to win the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Shah arrived at the Jammu airport this morning, where the ministers and party leaders received him. He was later taken to the government Guest House.
Flanked by BJP leaders Ram Lal, Jitendra Singh and Anil Jain, Shah was scheduled to address a meeting of MPs, MLAs, MLCs, VCs and state office bearers at the Government Convention Centre.
The main aim of the visit was to strengthen the party at the booth-level and to spread and reach out to the last man in the last row with the prime minister’s pro-poor schemes, the party said.
The BJP national president will inaugurate Nanaji Deshmukh Library and e-Library on Sunday which will be followed by release of a book at the BJP party headquarters in Trikuta Nagar.
The BJP national president will also hold separate meetings on Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Birth Centenary Karya Vistar Yojana, Aajeevan Sehyog Needhi and Finance, IT, Social Media and Election Management.
The visit assumes significance in view of the deteriorating security condition in the state. The simmering protests in Kashmir valley, the joining of students in the pro-freedom rallies, and the low election turnout has rattled the Delhi which is seeking remedial measures to be taken to cool down the tempers.
Shah’s visit also assumes prominence in view of the tension between the PDP and the BJP last week which was followed by the meetings between Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deescalate the situation.
The BJP president will be also taking a detailed look at the Kashmir situation. Earlier the JK BJP unit has recommended the party to engage Kashmiri stakeholders in talks to diffuse the situation.