NAGPUR: Ahead of the elections, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) is planning to raise an army of fresh grassroots workers.

The party has come up with a concept of (in-charge). These will be names picked up from each page of the voters’ list. One page of the list has 8 to 10 names. A leader will be chosen out of the group who would further coordinate with party cadre upper in the rung.

The page pramukh need not necessarily be from the party itself. Rather, each man would be picked up from every neighbourhood. The condition is that the page pramukh should be familiar with other voters whose names are in the page. As there cannot be a party worker everywhere, others will have to be selected too, said a source.

Every page pramukh will be given a party flag and sticker saying ‘hamara parivar, BJP parivar’ to be displayed at his home. A selfie with the flag and sticker will have to be sent further up for party database.

With page pramukhs, the party is expecting to get at least 50,000 workers in a given Lok Sabha constituency. Over 80% of these would be new to the party. Meetings of page pramukhs have already begun in the city, the source said.

The page pramukhs will be reporting to booth in-charges, who, in turn, will take it further to Shakti Kendras. The data generated through page pramukhs is being monitored by a war room set up for the election, said the source.

The BJP has come up with a 23-point programme for its workers. The party has also asked its workers to make new 20 member groups from SC, ST and OBC communities. A programme to make new workers through a missed call scheme has already begun.

The party is also seeing temples and Budhha vihars as sources of creating voters. The strategy document directs the worker to maintain s with priests in these religious places. The party will also be tapping cooperatives, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and self-help groups (SHGs) during the election, apart from trying to even convert the grassroot-level workers of other parties.

Farooq Shaikh of Muslim Rashtirya Manch (MRM) said workers have been asked to publicize about triple talaq ordnance saying that it has ultimately helped Muslim women. Campaigns will also be held urging the youth to stay away from terrorism, he said.

“In March first week, bike rallies have been planned in various places, including Nagpur. This would be the first election rally of the party,” said Chandan Goswamy, Vidarbha-level coordinator of the party. “The slogan ‘Fir ek baar, Modi sarkar’ has been coined for the election. Votes will be sought purely on the basis of developmental work, he said.

Prime Minister to connect with party workers on February 28

Prime Minster Narendra Modi will be connecting with party workers and those who have been benefited from government’s scheme through video conferencing on February 28. A list of persons who have benefited from the schemes has been drawn and there are chances that some of them may get a call from the prime minister, said a party source. Venues are being decided in every centre, including Nagpur. Party workers have also been asked to mobilize voters to listen to Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme.


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