With an aim to spread the teachings of Late Deendayal Upadhyaya in the national capital, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi state unit is all set to send out teams of ‘vistaraks’ to every household here. The initiative is part of party’s year-long programme to mark the birth anniversary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue. Senior leaders of the party informed The Indian Express that many volunteers have expressed their interest in spending 15 days to six month in various parts of Delhi as a part of the programme. However, the saffron party is yet to take a final call on those who would undertake the ‘one-year prawas’ in the capital city.
Speaking about the same, a senior BJP leader said, “Each person will be placed far away from his or her residential address. For example, those living in Najafgarh will be placed in Shahdara. The Sangh’s units and party facilities in that area will take care of these vistaraks — a name given to them along the lines of the RSS’s hierarchy. They would then have to go around the areas and visit every nook and corner to spread Upadhyaya’s teachings.”
The IE report further stated that around 5,000 vistaraks will go around the capital and pioneer the activities under the guidance of senior leaders of the party. Party national president Amit Shah has called the workers and leaders of BJP to celebrate the birth centenary of Upadhyaya. However, many believe that the initiative is also a part of preparation for the next assembly elections in Delhi.
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As per a senior party leader, membership drive and door-to-door campaigns will be launch by the vistaraks. “As the ‘vistaraks’ will be residing in other areas, they have to devote their time to bringing more and more members into the party’s fold. There will have to follow a schedule. We had received complaints during the last election that door-to-door campaigning was not undertaken sincerely by many. So, we are laying the foundation now to ensure the party’s reach in every house before the assembly elections,” IE quoted the leader saying.