Tamil Nadu: Hold local body polls at once, says BJP

Chennai: The state unit of the BJP has demanded the Tamil Nadu government not to defer the civic bodies poll but hold it immediately. Contending that her party would take the local bodies elections as a challenge and emerge as a viable alternative force, BJP state president Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan said, the state government cannot continue to postpone the conduct of the local bodies elections citing extraordinary situation.

“Now that the political crisis is over and a new government is in place, the ruling AIADMK should take steps to hold the elections at once,” she demanded and said that her BJP viewed it an as opportunity to prove its prowess. “We have begun the poll work at grassroot level,” Dr Tamilisai added.

The saffron party gained substantially during the previous civic bodies poll in 2011 winning several municipalities, town panchayats and village panchayats. It registered a resounding win in Kanyakumari district, from where Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan hails, Coimbatore and several other districts. Though it had set high goals, the party was able to win 181 town panchayat ward members elections, besides obtain 13 town panchayat chairmen and 37 municipal councillors, two municipal chairpersons in addition to corporation councilors, then.

“We will formulate appropriate strategy to face the election. Organisationally we are strong and election incharge have been nominated for the districts,” a senior BJP leader said.

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