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BJP to contest Puducherry civic body alone

- March 28, 2022

Puducherry, March 28 (BPNS)

The Puducherry unit of the BJP has decided to contest the civic body polls on its own. The party will not be contesting the civic body polls in alliance with the All India NR Congress (AINRC), the political outfit of Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, or with the AIADMK.

The party buoyed by the success it has achieved in the four assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarkhand, Manipur, and Goa has decided that there was no need to contest in alliance and to fight the ensuing Civic body polls on its own.

Party sources in Union territory of Puducherry told BPNS that the Party national organizing secretary, B.L. Santosh, and party in charge of Puducherry, Nirmal Kumar Surana had attended a meeting of the party office bearers on Saturday.

Nirmal Kumar Surana while speaking to BPNS said, “ The party local leaders are of the opinion that we contest the polls alone and not in alliance with any other party. This would give us a grass-root connect with the masses and for the long run, this will be highly beneficial for the party.”

The BJP local leaders including the powerful Education minister, A. Namassivayam of the BJP are unhappy over the style of functioning of the Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy who, according to the BJP leaders has been taking important administrative decisions on his own without consulting the BJP.

Surana said that as the country was heading towards a Congress Mukth Bharath, Puducherry is also heading towards a Congress Mukth state and for that, the BJP wants to have its own strength. He said that the party cadres and sympathizers are already prepared to fight the polls alone.

The party leaders are also unhappy that Rangasamy has not yet called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after assuming office as Chief Minister. The local leadership of the BJP does want to gain strength at the grass-root level and Civic body polls will provide the best understanding of the grass-root strength of the party.

BJP leaders are also buoyed by the fact that the saffron party has won 6 out of the 9 seats it has contested. The party has also three nominated MLAs and three independents supporting the party. This takes the total tally of BJP to 12 in the state assembly.

Surana said that the party wants to capitalize on the wave it has got among the public after the elections to the five state assemblies and for that contesting the local polls on its own was the best move.