Muslim Outreach Program will have a special focus on Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh, First phase will focus on Anantnag, Rajouri, Poonch Lok Sabha and Ladakh Lok Sabha constituencies
Srinagar, 22 February (CNI): Ahead of the parliamentary elections in 2024, the minority front of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going to start a Muslim outreach program across the country from March 10, which will also focus on Jammu and Kashmir, particular attention will be given to Anantnag and Poonch districts as well as Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to Current News of India (CNI), a program is being run by the BJP under a public outreach program before the 2024 elections, As per to party sources, as part of the programme, 64 districts of 14 states and union territories across the country have been identified in the first phase, including Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Goa, Haryana, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Ladakh, Maharashtra, Kerala and Bihar.
Sources said that this is a major policy decision of the party to attract minorities which were taken at its national executive meeting held last month in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized on reaching out to the minority community, especially backward Muslims.
The decision was also endorsed at the National Executive Meeting of the Morcha held at Raipur (MP) in the first week of this month.
Confirming this decision and taking a cue from the Prime Minister’s call, the meeting decided to adopt Modi’s pro-people policies, sources said. The government has reached every nook and cranny of the country where the members of the minority community are settled, Sources adding that in this regard, BJP has already formed a national team and a national Now state and centre-wise teams are being formed, these teams will follow the advice of the Prime Minister to reach out to the Muslim community and the party has identified the places where the Muslim population is high, sources said.
He further said that the party has identified 60 Lok Sabha constituencies where the Muslim population is more than 30 per cent.
Sources said that although there are six Lok Sabha constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, but in the first phase, the emphasis is on Anantnag, Rajouri, Poonch Lok Sabha and Ladakh Lok Sabha constituencies.
Sources said that 5,000 such people are being identified in each of these Lok Sabha constituencies, who do not belong to the BJP but have benefited from the welfare policies of the Modi government like doctors, engineers, social workers, journalists or businessmen.
Sources said the party believes that such people can influence others as they command both respect and influence in society. So efforts are being made to identify people who can connect with people in their lives and society at large, sources added.
Sources said the party is identifying people in the Muslim community who can best influence society in conveying the government’s messages and its welfare schemes.
Sources said that At the BJP’s national executive meeting last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged party leaders to reach out to minorities, including Muslims, without expecting votes, He further said that Modi also directed the BJP leaders to avoid making objectionable comments against any community. (CNI)