The BJP’s core committee met here on Wednesday and resolved to thwart the ‘misleading campaign unleashed by the State government and the Opposition parties’ and shift focus on steps to ensure the party’s victory in the 2019 elections.

After the meeting, Sate general secretary V. Satyamurthy told the press that it was ridiculous on the part of the TDP government to demand the Special Category Status after accepting the Special Package offered in lieu of it.

“The TDP and the Opposition parties are out to malign the BJP through a misleading campaign. The core committee has decided to foil the TDP attempt by going to the people directly and telling them the facts related to the SCS,” he said. The meeting also discussed the steps to strengthen the party at the booth-level. Mr. Satyamurthy said the BJP was of the view that the TDP’s demand for tax holiday besides the SCS was anti-development.

Panchayat polls

Party leader Somu Veeraraju demanded that elections be conducted in gram panchayats immediately.

Taking strong exception to the appointment of special officers to the panchayat bodies, he said it was against development and sought the Governor’s intervention.

Mr. Veerraju said recognising the need to strengthen the village administration system, the Modi government had given powers to the sarpanches which Mr. Naidu was trying to do away with.

Corruption

He said Mr. Naidu was resorting to unconstitutional activities and that the Centre should probe the corruption charges against him.

He said the outcome of the probe might even force Mr. Lokesh to return the awards he had received.

Party’s Andhra Pradesh affairs incharge and MP Muralidharan, national secretary and AP’s assistant incharge Sunil Deodhar, party sanghathan’s national joint secretary Satish, State president Kanna Lakshminarayana, MP Gokaraju Gangaraju, MLAs Vishnu Kumar Raju, P. Manikyala Rao, Kamineni Srinivasa Rao and Akula Satyanarayana, BJP Mahila Morcha national incharge Daggubati Purandeswari and a host of others were present.

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