GUWAHATI, Nov 7 - The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Minority Morcha has chalked out plans to assist the parent organisation during the forthcoming panchayat polls in Assam.
The working committee of the State unit of BJP Minority Morcha met here on Tuesday to discuss various issues related to the panchayat elections as well as for strengthening the Morcha’s organisational base in the State.
The meeting was attended by national president of BJP Minority Morcha Abdul Rasheed Ansari, national general secretary SM Akram, State unit president Mukhtar Hussain Khan, and other senior leaders.
Sources said that the meeting decided to constitute a core committee of the BJP Minority Morcha to give thrust to organisational activities across the State and also to spread the ideology of the saffron party in the minority-dominated areas.
The minority wing of the ruling party has also taken a decision to divide the State into various zones with a view to preparing its strategy for the forthcoming panchayat elections as well next year’s Lok Sabha polls.
Each zonal committee will be under the charge of one convener and one assistant convener and the district unit presidents and general secretaries of the particular zone will be members of the committee.
The Lok Sabha constituencies of Dhubri, Kokrajhar and Barpeta will be under zone one, while Guwahati, Nagaon and Kaliabor will be in zone two, and Diphu, Jorhat and Dibrugarh will be in zone three.
Similarly, the Mangaldai, Tezpur and Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituencies will be under zone four and Silchar and Karimganj seats will be in zone five.
The Morcha leadership also decided to hold at least one big public meeting under each of the zones. National-level leaders of the BJP as well as senior State leaders of the party will take part in the meeting.
Meanwhile, speaking to the media here today, Ansari said that previous governments at the Centre neglected the minorities since Independence.
He said minorities continued to suffered from economic, social and educational backwardness during the time of Congress rule and added that since assuming office in 2014, the NDA government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken steps to ameliorate the conditions of the minority communities.
He said the present government has taken measures to improve the curriculum of madrassas and to impart modern education in such institutions so that youths educated in those places are able to secure good employment opportunities.
With regard to the ongoing NRC update process in Assam, Ansari said that the entire exercise is being carried out under the supervision of the Supreme Court.