With elections in the national Capital expected to be announced by November end, the Delhi BJP is now pulling out all stops to ensure a sweeping win. As national BJP president Amit Shah is set to meet the party’s Delhi cadre on Tuesday, the State top leadership emphasised its workers on focusing more on the traditional ways of electioneering — making personal contact with the public by physically reaching out to them.
While the party has set its agenda of ‘Mission 60+’ and has decided to deploy close to 300 Members of Parliament for poll preparations, it has also come up with the concept of Shakti Kendras for strengthening its booth-level preparations.
In a bid to ensure that the leaders are in constant touch with workers at the grass roots level, the Delhi BJP on Monday directed its party cadres to create a Shakti Kendra per 10 booths. In an all-workers’ meeting convened on Monday, the top leadership decided on nominating 2,800 Shakti Kendra Palaks (in-charge of the Shakti Kendras).
“Our leaders must develop a direct rapport with the party cadres as it is the last worker of the party who holds the key to the victory. The Shakti Kendras will help us prepare micro details ultimately leading to an electoral win. The party workers will have to accept the responsibilities of Shakti Kendra Palaks who will work as party full-timers,” said Ram lal, BJP’s national organisation general secretary. Booth management will be done under the supervision of district presidents wherein the party has decided to form dedicated teams of 11,763 booths in-charge by December 15, he added.
Meanwhile, the 300 MPs deployed for the upcoming polls have been asked to hold ‘corner meetings’ within three weeks time, ensuring every ward is well taken care of. These MPs would hold meetings with local leaders and residents in every nook and corner of the city.
Each MP would adopt one ward each, in a way, looking after booth-level activities and holding meetings across Delhi’s 272 wards discussing politics, informed senior party leader. Sources said MP Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma has been asked to focus on Jat-dominated areas, while North-East Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari will cater to the Purvanchali belts. Vijay Goel and Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will handle Chandni Chowk and the traders’ community. South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri is in charge of Gujjar belts.
These meetings would be held at crucial city points, ensuring presence of local residents and traders in market areas, parks, and even homes. “Allocation of wards would be done, and 300 corner meetings would take place within 20-25 days,” the source said.
In a meeting to be held on Tuesday, party president Amit Shah would train about 150 party members for the upcoming polls at the national party office Ashoka Road, 6 pm onwards.