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Amit Shah asks party workers to gear up for polls

Amit Shah asks party workers to gear up for polls

Kochi: Describing the current political climate in Kerala as "very conducive" for BJP to come to power, party President Amit Shah Thursday urged cadres to make special efforts to woo various sections, including minorities, to ensure its victory in the coming assembly elections.

Addressing BJP's Kerala core committee meeting at nearby Aluva, he said the Vimochana Yatra led by state party President Kummanam Rajasekharan had received a "positive" response from the people, party sources said.

The current political climate in the state, where the party has so far not been able to open its account either in Lok Sabha or Assembly elections, was "very conducive" for BJP, he said referring to the good show by the party in the recent civic polls and the "positive response" to the yatra.

Shah wanted the cadres to make maximum use of the situation and reach out to all sections in the state, including the minority communities, the sources said.

"Now we have to generate confidence among the people that the party will come to power," he said, while calling for an action plan at the ward level to galvanise the party. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Rajasekharan, who was recently appointed to the post of state party chief to steer it in the polls, said the party would soon constitute a 15-member election committee to finalise the candidate list.

"Several prominent personalities will be in the list," he said.

Asked whether he would be in the fray, Rajasekharan, who had been in the forefront of many agitations in the state, said he was "bound to obey whatever decision the party takes".

Stating that BJP's doors were "open" and it was ready for alliance with like-minded parties, Rajasekharan said the party, however, had not started the process of discussion in this regard with anyone so far.

But, he said, they will hold talks soon with various parties, including BDJS (Bharat Dharma Jana Sena), formed recently by the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP) led by Vellapally Natesan.

"The immediate task before the party is to ready the organisational machinery to face the polls," he said.

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