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While six months is left for the 2021 assembly election in Assam, the new executive committee members are scheduled to meet on Friday in Guwahati.

Sources in the Assam State BJP told Northeast Now that the first executive committee meeting of the newly elected body will be held on Friday to discuss strategies for the upcoming state assembly election.

The new executive committee of the Assam State BJP was announced on August 4 with eight vice-presidents and four general secretaries.

State BJP president Ranjit Kumar Dass, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and a large number of senior BJP ministers are likely to attend the crucial executive committee meeting.

Though the BJP members are tight-lipped about the agenda of the first executive meeting, the sources said the saffron party is likely to roll out the first phase of its poll strategies.

The new executive committee has a lot of young blood and women members, and state BJP unit is likely to direct the members to immediately reach out to the voters, with location-specific strategies.

The BJP, which is leading the coalition government with the AGP and BPF in Assam, has been caught on the wrong foot on several fronts.

The issues which are haunting the BJP include like the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord and granting of ST status to six ethnic groups.

The BJP, which had come to power in Assam in 2016 with 31 percent vote share, had promised the electorates to bring about a permanent solution to the foreigners’ issue.

But, the electorates, especially the ethnic Assamese population are not happy with the BJP government’s move to pass the controversial CAA.

There is a large-scale discontent among the people over CAA as it would mean dumping of the historic Assam Accord signed in 1985.

There were large scale public protests across Assam in December last year over the passing of CAA by the parliament.

Moreover, people in Assam are also not happy with the Centre’s lukewarm response to the recommendations by the High-powered Committee on Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

The Clause 6 of the Assam Accord aims at granting constitutional protection to the political and land rights to the indigenous people of Assam.

With multiple issues to handle at the grassroots level, the new members of BJP’s state executive committee are likely to be assigned to start meeting the electorates at the booth level, the sources said.

However, Ranjit Kumar Dass, president of Assam State BJP was not available for comments on the crucial executive committee on Friday.


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