State president of BJP will be announced soon: Vanathi Srinivasan

‘As many as 10 party candidates are being considered’

COIMBATORE: Disclosing that the state president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be announced soon, Vanathi Srinivasan, general secretary of BJP's Tamil Nadu unit, told media persons in Coimbatore on Friday that the decision has to be taken in Delhi by the party head and senior leaders.

To a question on four prominent names doing the rounds for the state president's post, she said, “As many as ten party candidates are being considered.”

On dealing with public reactions on scrapping Article 370, she said “senior party leaders will hold public meetings to convey to the public why the article was scrapped in Jammu and Kashmir.”

On Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday celebrations, she said, “week-long celebrations starting from September 17, have been planned. During the 'service week' initiatives like planting of saplings, medical camps, spreading awareness about the harmful impact of using plastic, distribution of aid and benefits to the differently-abled and deserving persons will be organised.”

Commenting on the current job loss and shut-down of several work units in the textile city, she said, “I do not deny the fact that we are experiencing a slump in business in the industry sector. However, government is taking measures to help industries cope with the economic slowdown.”

“For instance talks were in progress to bring down the goods and services tax (GST) rate to five per cent for several sectors and the request to bring down GST for small scale industries is being seriously considered; We can expect a positive announcement from the Centre on this soon,” she said.

Denying that BJP was losing its ground in the state, Vanathi Srinivasan said, currently 45 lakh persons in Tamil Nadu are members of the party. Last month alone, five lakh new members were added to the party.

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