AGARTALA, Feb 15 - State units of the BJP across the North East under the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) will sit for a crucial meeting in Guwahati on February 17 to decide on the strategy, tactics and nomination of candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, according to sources.
The meeting will be attended by party presidents and general secretaries of the saffron party of all North Eastern States. BJP national president Amit Shah, NEDA convener Himanta Biswa Sarma, North East organising secretary Ajay Jamwal and a number of other organisational functionaries are likely to be present on the occasion.
BJP sources here said that Tripura would be represented in the Guwahati meeting by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb who is also the State BJP president and general secretaries Pratima Bhowmik and Rajiv Bhattacharjee.
The meeting in Guwahati will finalise the BJP’s election strategy as well as the main thrust of the poll campaign. The non-tabling of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was opposed by the regional parties despite specific assurances from the Prime Minister about protecting the interests of the people of the North East, is likely to be discussed.
In order to win over the recalcitrant elements with regard to the Citizenship Bill and gain new supporters, the party conclave in Guwahati will come up with a new strategy. This will be the beginning of the BJP’s campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha election in the region where the party expects to outperform the Congress and other Opposition parties, the sources said.