Silchar: In view of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Silchar to address an election rally on January 4, 2019, at Ramnagar, Ranjit Dass, State BJP president, has been on an intensive tour of the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi. Besides, holding interactive sessions with the leaders and workers at different places with the specific message to win both the Lok Sabha seats of Silchar and Karimganj, he has been exhorting and inspiring the workers to work unitedly and whole heartedly to ensure that both the seats are bagged by the party.
In all his meetings with the leaders and workers of the three district BJP committees, Ranjit Dass has also taken detailed information about the preparation to mobilize people in general and party supporters in particular to attend the mega rally at Ramnagar, 6 km from here. According to BJP district president of Cachar Kaushik Rai, “We have a target of 3 lakh people and all sorts of machinery will be utilized to have maximum presence”. He reminded of the massive turnout of workers and supporters as well as people in general at the Ramnagar election rally in February, 2014.
Can BJP repeat the all time record of public presence at the January 4 rally? Dr Rajdeep Roy, state spokesperson, is confident it will be yet another mammoth assembly and through it, Barak BJP wants to send the message that the valley is still a stronghold of the party. There is no exaggeration to say that people by and large look at the BJP as a party which can deliver goods and provide good governance. The recently concluded panchayat poll results go to show that the faith and confidence of people are still with the saffron party. It has done fairly well in Cachar and Hailakandi, but remained short of the mark in Karimganj. No doubt, as political analysts say, BJP has emerged as a force to reckon with in this valley since 1991 and a challenge to the major rivals, Congress and AIUDF.
But the question is, can the party regain both the Parliamentary seats? In order to set the record straight, BJP lost both the seats of Silchar and Karimganj to Congress and AIUDF respectively. The strategy adopted to make the rally a grand success and at the same time making development as its main plank, leaders are viewing the ensuing rally of Narendra Modi also as a challenge to their ability and capability to mobilize maximum presence. It is from here that the Prime Minister, as reported earlier, will be sounding the bugle for the 2019 Parliamentary elections in Assam. Ranjit Dass has also expressed his hope that looking at the resurgence among the leaders and workers and the grass root organizational works, there is no reason why the party cannot win back both the seats. Relevant to say, Silchar seat is held by Sushmita Dev of Congress and Karimganj seat by Radhyeshyam Biswas of AIUDF.