CHANDIGARH: BJP president Amit Shah on Friday asked the MPs and MLAs from Haryana to adopt at least one such constituency where the party has suffered defeat in the 2014 assembly elections with a narrow margin.
Shah, who chaired the first meeting of the Haryana BJP core committee in the wake of party’s preparation for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, asked state party chief Subhash Barala to complete the process of formation of frontal organizations and morchas within a month.
The meeting was held at Haryana Bhawan in New Delhi.
Shah also directed Barala to ensure that the construction of district-level party headquarters is started as early as possible. Besides, he also directed the Haryana health minister for the opening of jan aushadhi kendras at sub-divisional level to ensure availability of essential drugs at controlled rates.
As the party is already faced with the pressure arising out of the demand for the other backward classes (OBC) quota for Jats, Shah also asked Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his team to run an extensive campaign to apprise the masses how Congress and its allies were opposing the statutory status for the National Commission for the Backward Classes (NCBC) and anti-poor stand taken by it.
Besides CM Khattar and Barala, prominent among those who attended the meeting included BJP general secretary Ram Lal, Haryana in-charge Anil Jain, state ministers Ram Bilas Sharma, Anil Vij, Captain Abhimanyu and O P Dhankar and Union ministers Krishan Pal Gurjar, Birender and Singh and Rao Inderjit Singh.
Sources said Shah also sought an update from the Haryana CM and ministers on the issue of spending of two days — Tuesday and Wednesdays — in office. He also asked for a report from Barala about performance of party office-bearers while directing the ministers to act as catalysts between the district administration and party workers during their stay in various districts.
Referring to party’s activities at booth level, the BJP president also asked Barala to direct block and district unit chiefs to spend maximum time in the villages and start gradation of booths as per the position of the party.