Chennai: Despite being beset with series of setbacks with one ally after the other parting company, the BJP has stuck to its agenda of projecting itself as an alternative force to the Dravidian parties in the state. Its current mission is to consolidate its presence in the state, particularly in the southern districts where it sees fair scope to gain mileage in the ensuing Assembly elections.
As per the present mood prevailing in the BJP, the party is unfazed at the thought of going solo in the ensuing Assembly election invoking the NaMo mantra. “We have taken up appropriate works to strengthen our party at grassroots and we are emerging as an alternative force in the state. The BJP will face the Assembly Election firm conviction of ushering in an alternate rule in the state,” says Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan.
On Dec. 28, the party leaders met at Kamalalayam — BJP state headquarters - and discussed the strategy for 2016 Assembly elections. “Simultaneously efforts were on to engage various caste groups that feel let down by both the Dravidian majors,” says C. P. Radhakrishnan, former state president, who is incharge of holding talks with various caste outfits.
On the rationale of bringing various castes under one umbrella, he said “it is basically to address their concerns. Many feel that they are a neglected lot – politically and socially.”
The release of postal stamp of freedom fighter Azhagu Muthu Kone, recently, displays the BJP’s initial success in making the Konars or Yadava caste to rally behind them. The party will promote unsung heroes from every caste as icons so as to make inroads into the vote share of the Dravidian majors. According to sources the party has handpicked various new initiatives of the Modi Government, to connect with the voters.
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