Nadda Home Turf Hits, Himachal stops BJP campaign for polls; AAP is suffering at the top

Realizing the importance of the forthcoming Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, BJP national president JP Nadda hit home turf through an impressive roadshow in Shimla on Saturday, effectively launching the party’s campaign.

The roadshow came on a day when top figures from the state’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) defected to the BJP, physically assaulting Arvind Kejriwal’s party ahead of the vote. AAP’s Himachal Pradesh president Anup Keshari, general secretary (organization) Satish Tagore and its president Iqbal Singh have joined the BJP at Naddar’s residence in New Delhi.

The trio’s joining a day before the roadshow is seen as a blow to the AAP’s dream, which just two days ago held a road show in Mandi to kick off the hill state election campaign.

The party president was given a lavish reception by party workers in the assembly square, the starting point of the roadshow from Kennedy Chowk to Peterhof, to ensure that the Naddar roadshow turned into a show of strength.

Before the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) elections, the roadshow was also seen as a big solidarity event to be held in May or June next month.

“Victory at SMC is a clear morale booster for the party leadership and staff. This will determine the pace of the Assembly elections to be held at the end of the year, “said a senior BJP leader in the Himachal Pradesh unit.

The BJP has already coined the term ‘Mission Repeat 2022’ for the Assembly elections. State leaders said they would burn all guns during the roadshow and Naddar tour.

In addition to the roadshow, Nadda will attend meetings of state office bearers, assembly parties, BJP core group and discuss strategies for SMC and assembly elections. Winning the SMC elections is crucial for the BJP as it defeated the SMC for the first time in 32 years in 2017 as its results could affect the Assembly elections.

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