Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Sunday exhorted party cadres to ensure party’s victory in all 14 Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand by reaching out to people highlighting nationalism and development work initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Das was participating at the meeting of Lok Sabha in-charges of all 14 seats. State BJP president, Laxman Gilua, State BJP in-charge Mangal Pandey and Lok Sabha candidates from Jamshedpur, Lohardaga, Chatra and Dhanbad were also present at the meeting.
Das asked the BJP cadres to reach out to people highlighting the issue of national pride and nationalism among the voters. He also asked the BJP cadres to inform and convince the voters about the development works initiated by Modi government such as Ujjwala Yojana, Ayushman Yojana, housing to all, toilets and social security schemes launched by Modi government in last five years.
Also speaking on the occasion State BJP in-charge Mangal Pandey said, “If the BJP workers honestly discharge their duties assigned to them then the party is sure to win all 14 Lok Sabha seats. It is high time for BJP cadres to work round-the-clock for making Modi government at centre.”
At the meeting the senior leaders, also discussed on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tentative visit to State for election campaign and its preparations. The BJP campaign for Lok Sabha election will gain momentum after Modi’s visit to Gumla on April 23—six days ahead of first phase of polling in State. In first phase of polling scheduled on April 29, three seats—Chatra, Palamu and Lohardaga are going to poll.
State BJP spokesperson, Pradeep Sinha said, “Modi jee programme is scheduled in Lohardaga, but the party is yet to receive a formal itinerary from PMO. Once the State BJP headquarter receives the PM itinerary, we will decide on venue, ground capacity, parking and traffic management among others.”
PM Modi’s tentative visit to Gumla will be first election campaigning in 2019 Lok Sabha elections; prior to this he had visited the State twice this year. On February 17, he had visited Hazaribag and laid the foundation stone of 11 development and welfare projects related to health, education, water supply and sanitation. In the beginning on this year (January) he had visited Palamu where he revived the Mandal Dam project which will strengthen irrigation and drinking water supply in drought prone Palamu and Garhwa districts.
Apart from PM Modi, the BJP has prepared the list of battery of senior BJP leaders who would visit the state for election campaigning. Apart from Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah is to visit Jharkhand. Shah is likely to address at least ten election rallies in State, similarly, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP firebrand leader Yogi Adityanath is to visit Daltonganj on April 20 where he will address a rally. Former army chief and cabinet minister in Modi cabinet general (rtd) VK Singh will address an election rally in Palamu’s Hussainabad.
In 2014, the BJP won all three seats going to poll in first phase, however, this time the scene is different as BJP candidates are in direct fight against Mahagathbandan (Grand alliance) a group of four parties—Congress, JMM, JVM and RJD. However, in Chatra Congress and RJD are pitched for friendly fight as both the parties have put up candidates.