Revealed! BJP’s plan to replicate Assam ‘success mantra’ in UP polls
Reportedly, party is planning to replicate its success story in the UP polls, where Akhilesh led Samajwadi Party (SP) and Mayawati's Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) are top contenders.
Reportedly, party's top leadership is brainstorming about how to turn the table in BJP's favour in the high staked poll.
Sources say that party has big planning, starting with 'vikas parv', then next month National executive meet in Allahabad and many more high profile rallies for the same.
BJP is set to observe a week-long 'Vikas Parv' in which teams led by union ministers would be sent across the country to spread awareness about the schemes launched by the Centre.
"The PM will address a meeting in Saharanpur on May 26, marking the beginning of week long 'vikas parv' to highlight Modi government's achievements," party spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.
It is being said top leadership is all set to energize ground workers, activists through these programmes. Reportedly, around 45 Union ministers and nearly a dozen senior leaders are all set to attend events across 29 districts in Uttar Pradesh.
During 'vikas parv' week the MPs would participate in 'jan chaupal' programmes up to block levels and would tell about the achievements and programmes of the Centre, Pathak added.
The party workers would also cover 20,000 'gram sabhas' which were left out during 'Gram Uday to Bharat Uday' campaign, he added.
Pathak said that it had been decided to constitute divisional and district level units between May 31 and June 7 respectively.
Reports say that BJP is poaching many important leaders from rival camps. On Monday veteran BSP leader Jagdish Rana who was earlier minister in Mulayam Singh Yadav government, joined party.
BJP is also zeroing out on naming Chief Ministerial candidate for State election. Sources say party may announce CM candidate in October. Many names are doing rounds for the post including Yogi Aditynath, Mahesh Sharma and HRD Minister Smriti Irani. A top leader was quoted, "Smriti Irani has become the face of the fight against the Gandhis, is from Moradabad and a popular figure.
She has the calibre of enthusing the rank and file of the party and going by her profile, she has a pan-UP presence".
Experts say that BJP has tough task in Uttar Pradesh as party has been out of power since long time in State Vidhan Sabhas. One can understand party's performance with the fact that BJP's seat plummeted from 174 in 1996 to 47 in 2012.
It looks like BJP this time will not leave single stone unturned to gain power in UP, which is a pathway to get reins in 2019 Lok Sabha polls too. Riding high on Assam success, party is trying hard to replicate the winning theory in UP.