Will form next Govt in J&K: BJP

Asserting that BJP will form the next Government in Jammu and Kashmir, the party’s newly appointed in-charge for Assembly polls, Avinash Rai Khanna on Wednesday said the party was hopeful of winning “some” Assembly segments in Kashmir.

“We are confident to win 44 plus Assembly segments in the state,” said Khanna, who is BJP’s national vice-president.

The senior leader said the BJP was hopeful to open its account in Kashmir in the next election. “We had lead in Tral in the Parliament election. Hopefully we will win some seats in Kashmir. We are working on a strategy in this direction,” Khanna said, adding people of Kashmir were “wholeheartedly supporting” BJP’s development agenda for the Valley.

Khanna was nominated in-charge for J&K Assembly polls on Wednesday after the BJP working President JP Nadda chaired a meeting of the party’s state unit at New Delhi. Khanna is also the party’s in-charge for the state’s organizational affairs.

The Election Commission is likely to announce the poll schedule for J&K Assembly polls after Amarnath Yatra is over, with official sources indicating that the elections may be held in October-November.

Khanna said that a “massive” membership drive was underway in Kashmir and BJP has made “serious inroads” in the region.

“In the ongoing membership drive that started on 7 July over 90,000 new members have joined the party,” he said, adding BJP will surpass the target of increasing our members’ strength by 30 percent in the ongoing membership drive.

Khanna said members from other political parties were joining BJP. “It is overwhelming and an indication of our rise in the Valley,” he said.

Stating that the party would start outreach programmes, Khanna said the leadership was chalking out the strategy in this regard.