BJP president Amit Shah is scheduled to kick-off party’s expansion drive from West Bengal’s Naxalbari, according to the PTI report. This is part of BJP chief’s mega drive to strengthen organisation in five states where it has been traditionally weak before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Apart from West Bengal’s Naxalbari, Shah will spend three-day each in Odisha and Telangana, the report says. Notably, Naxalbari, a West Bengal village from where the left-wing extremism had started in the late 1960s.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a meeting with all 13 BJP chief ministers on Sunday and he reportedly asked them to focus on the agenda of “good governance and development”. The exercise was attended by party chief Amit Shah and top Union ministers. It was seen as part of his drive to ensure that his governance agenda dominates public discourse and trumps opposition parties’ attack on his government over a host of issues, a PTI report said.
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By starting his drive from Naxalbari, Shah will give a message of solidarity to BJP workers, who have “suffered” violence there, Union Minister Smriti Irani had said. The party has accused the ruling TMC of unleashing violence on its workers in the state. He will also take Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message of “development for all” to a place where a violent movement to uproot Indian state had started, she was quoted as saying by PTI.
Besides Shah, top party leaders, including almost every union minister, have been roped in to drive the campaign at booth-level to boost the organisation’s prospects. Kerala and Tamil Nadu, two states where it has always been a marginal force, are two other important states in this campaign, she said.
In the birth centenary year of its ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay, the BJP had asked its volunteers to work full-time for the party while its government at the Centre launched several schemes, declaring it to be ‘garib kalyan varsh’ (year of poor’s welfare). Over 3.68 lakh workers will work for the party across the country for 15 days and over 4,000 for anywhere between six months and a year, she was quoted as saying PTI.