47-year-old Sunil Bansal, Bharatiya Janata Party’s backroom boy, proved his worth during the recent Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls of 2017. Despite a section of the BJP party who ganged up against him and projecting him as an arrogant man who does not listen to others, Amit Shah had fondly called Sunil Bansal the hero of the 2017 battle, halfway through the poll campaign. Bansal was recognised as BJP’s key strategist for 2017 UP Assembly polls. Since then, the 47-year-old, in his usual unobtrusive way, has worked from his office on the first floor at the BJP headquarters in Lucknow. Keeping in mind the twin motive of keeping the cadre galvanised and expanding the party’s social base, as reported by Business Standard.
Bansal also appointed an additional 1,000 office-bearers from booth to state level from OBCs, MBCs and Dalit caste. He added OBCs and Dalits to the existing strength instead of replacing them with upper-caste office-bearers. And with Amit Shah’s support, he could make it possible. Bansal has also been the link between the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the BJP state unit.
In view to contest and win panchayat elections, Bansal insisted on to contest panchayat elections. Though he faced a lot of resentment over the decision, but with the support of UP in-charge Om Mathur, BJP contested panchayat elections and won 327 seats. Bansal also targeted the digital platform and ensured the party mark its presence on social media and facilitated monitoring of programmes being held throughout the state on social media. Bansal and his team also carried out four different surveys about six months back to select candidates from each assembly constituency.
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Amit Shah picked Bansal to assist him in UP before the 2014 Lok Sabha election when he was the general secretary of RSS’ student outfit. A six month of experience during the Lok Sabha elections gave Bansal the right guidance. Bansal, now BJP’s General Secretary (Organisation) of Uttar Pradesh, worked in tandem with leaders at the top and grassroot level workers.
BJP proved its dominance in the two major states on March 11. It managed to win more than 300 seats out of 403 in UP and grabbed 56 out 71 in Uttarakhand, giving them a clear edge in India’s most populous state, despite losing in three states. It was all because Bansal ensured the BJP repeats its 2014 Lok Sabha polls performance of winning 71 of the 80 Parliament seats.