Agencies, New Delhi
The Bharatiya Janata Party today said it would raise the issues of “price-rise, unemployment, foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail trade and anti-poor policies of the Congress-led UPA” during upcoming Assembly polls in nine states scheduled for this year.
The party said it has started preparations at “war footing” for upcoming Assembly elections in nine states.
“Due to corruption and scams of the Central government, the country has come on the path of borrowing from liberalism (Udharwad from Udarwad),” BJP national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
He said in the meeting of the party’s central election management and co-ordination committee held today at the party headquarters here, review and discussions were held in regard to elections scheduled to be held in Karnataka, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram.
He said Assembly elections for nine states to be held this year are important and electoral preparations have already commenced at booth level.
Mr Naqvi said state and Central leaders of the party have been extending co-operation to workers in making preparations for elections in all these states and were also making a review of them.
“Despite step motherly treatment of Central government, negative politics of the Congress and uncontrolled price-rise due to Centre’s policies, the BJP-ruled states have made excellent development and done very good work in governance,” Mr Naqvi, the BJP’s central election management and programme incharge, alleged.
He claimed that while the Centre ‘discriminated’ against the NDA-ruled states, it gave “unlimited packages” to the Congress-ruled states, introduced special schemes “indiscriminately”, “looted” public money but people did not get any benefit thereof.
The BJP MP further said “corruption, scams and loot and public money went on like anything.” “All these will be election issues. Anti-people policies and steps taken against country’s interest by the Congress government at the Centre will be election issues in these states,” Mr Naqvi added.
Out of these nine states, the BJP has been in power in three states— Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka.
He said BJP central leaders will hold meetings and undertake tours of these election bound states during this month to hold discussions on election preparations, and making booth level arrangements foolproof.
“In those states where we are in power, our target will be to come into power again there because of our excellent works, development and good governance. And in states where the Congress is in power we will enter the election fray with the pledge to free the people from the Congress misrule,” Mr Naqvi added.