BJP all geared up for Pune Elections
BJP prepared for upcoming elections
While resting their hopes on party’s Lok Sabha and Assembly elections’ performance in the year 2014, the BJP is all prepared for the upcoming civic Pune elections and further hopes that the party will make a sweep this time.
The party has rested their hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity would have an impact during the polls despite having an MP and altogether eight legislators elected from the city.
BJP has got 26 members elected to PMC in the year 2012, which was just one more than the previous tally of 25 in the year 2007.
However, in the year 2014, the BJP candidate, who is riding on the Modi wave, won Lok Sabha elections with a record margin, which was followed by the party winning all of the eight assembly seats from this city. The outcome has further raised high hopes for the Bhartiya Janta Party to grab power in the civic body and has the party faces the challenge to further retain confidence among the voters.
BJP do not have a popular face from the city
The Bhartiya Janta Party currently doesn’t have a popular face from within the city, therefore its now relying on its national and state leaders for the civic polls.
It is trying to get Prime Minister to lay the foundation stone of the Metro rail project in this city, which is all set to be tabled in the Cabinet for approval, but ahead of civic polls.
Moreover, to strengthen its base in the city through a local civic body, the party has organised state executive committee meetings a few months ago and has been also planning a strategy.
It is the first party that has already started a dedicated office for the civic elections, which was recently inaugurated by state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve. The party has now started its work at the local level by setting up a network of party workers.
Different factions of the city BJP was trying to get leaders from various other parties in its fold, but their move was later mired in controversy with some criticism over leaders with a criminal background being inducted.
This led the state BJP to further intervene and urge the local leaders to not rush with the exercise of roping the leaders of other political parties without verifying their credentials.
During his recent visit, the state BJP chief has clarified that the party would not induct any leader with criminal background in the party and the party would not give ticket to such candidates.
The BJP performance in the year 2014 left other political parties, which included Shiv Sena were upset as they had been critical of BJP since it was ruling the state and centre. On the other hand, the BJP too has been trying to hit back at NCP blaming them for all that has ailed the city for the last 10 years.