JP Nadda: BJP steps up campaign in poll-ridden Gujarat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have visited their home states repeatedly for months.
Meanwhile, the BJP is also holding a two-day National Mayors Conference in Gandhinagar starting Tuesday, which 121 BJP mayors from 18 states are expected to attend. The conference will be opened by the Prime Minister in the presence of Nadda, Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis.
Nadda will address a meeting of elected officials in Rajkot, in addition to organizing a roadshow in Morbi on Tuesday. He will also hold a meeting with party workers at BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar and address a faculty summit in Ahmedabad on Wednesday before leaving for Delhi.
The programs are gaining prominence as the BJP faces an aggressive campaign against it in urban centers by the Aam Aadmi party, in addition to struggling against takeover after 27 years of rule. Deteriorating road conditions have not helped and the party recently removed Roads and Construction Minister Purnesh Modi.
The mayors’ conference aims to reinvigorate “Gujarat’s urban development model” and inject a sense of primacy into the saffron party’s traditional urban electoral base, observers said.
BJP National Secretary Rituraj Sinha said out of 121 mayors from 18 states who will attend the event, 48 are women. Sinha also told the media that besides the Prime Minister, Union Urban Development Minister and other senior party leaders, the mayors will share their experiences at the event and visit Sabarmati Riverfront, one of the main urban achievements of Gujarat.
Responding to a question on urban waterlogging, Ranchi Mayor and BJP National Secretary Asha Lakda said a session will be dedicated to discussing the issue. Simultaneously on Tuesday Gujarat BJP Kisan Morcha will launch e-bikes which will cycle through 182 constituencies to campaign among farmers in the state.