Buoyed with a big win in Assam and a good show in other states, BJP chief Amit Shah is now in no mood to relax for the upcoming 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly Polls.
In order to keep different offices of the party across Uttar Pradesh as turbo-charged and ensure punctuality, the BJP plans to provide attendance cards with radio-frequency chips to leaders and workers in Lucknow.
With these cards, the party workers will register their attendance and the party’s high command will get real time data on how early – and how long – a leader spent at the office, which is just opposite the state assembly.
A BJP leader in Lucknow who has seen the leadership of Kalyan Singh and Rajnath Singh say that leaders only come to office when they are pressurised. And after that they go to home for nap and lunch, they said. However, they have been now asked to change all that.
Reportedly, when Shah came to inaugurate corporate-style state BJP headquarters in Lucknow on February 25, he was annoyed to see paan stains and filth in the office.
Clearly, the BJP would be looking to post a stellar win in Uttar Pradesh, India’s biggest electoral prize, to sustain his hope of one day gaining full control of parliament.
The party would also want to replicate its stupendous performance in the state in the 2014 general elections, when it won 71 out of 80 seats. Moreover, a win in the state would also pave way for the party to repeat its term in 2019 Lok Sabha election.
As part of its election strategy, the party high command has divided the state into six zones for campaign, and have high hopes from Keshav Prasad Maurya, a non-Yadav OBC as State unit chief.
For the first time, cities and districts will have separate prabharis who will be over seeing campaign duties in these areas, a report said.
The BJP has lined up its top leadership, including 45 Union ministers and nearly a dozen senior leaders, to attend events across 29 districts in Uttar Pradesh as part of the NDA government’s second anniversary celebrations beginning with the Prime Minister’s public meeting in Saharanpur on May 26.