BJP’s info offensive: Cadre told to explain price rise to public

Jul 02 2014, 12:11 IST
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The workshop was held at Delhi BJP office. (Source: Express archive) The workshop was held at Delhi BJP office. (Source: Express archive)
SummaryAt workshop, workers shown clippings highlighting achievements of central govt over the last 30 days.

Facing flak for hike in petrol and onion prices, the BJP is going on an ‘information offensive’ against opposition parties and other organisations blaming it for the price rise.

Short clippings — between 5 and 15 minutes — were shown to the cadre on Tuesday at the BJP’s Delhi headquarters. The cadre have also been asked to read and learn about the government’s functioning and its achievements.

Once all the reading and studying are done, the workers are to go and explain the intricacies of the price hike to the man on the road.

“People need to be told that petrol price has been hiked because of international events and that the BJP is still reeling under the adverse policies of the UPA government,” a senior leader, who too was part of the presentation, said.

The clip portrays various achievements during the 30 days of the BJP government at the Centre, like exemption granted to e-rickshaws, rollback of the four-year undergraduate course, formation of SIT on black money, invitation of SAARC leaders, talks on country becoming an independent weapon producer, Ganga cleanliness drive, ministers’ intolerance of non-punctual staff and many such things.

With people surrounding BJP leaders with questions on issues like price rise of onions, petrol and other basic commodities, the party is gearing up to argue the case of its Central government in the media and among the people.

Tilak Raj Kataria, BJP’s booth management convenor, said presentations is part of the learning process for leaders on the block.

“Everyone is talking about the increase in prices and it is pertinent for us not to let people feel betrayed as they see the results of decisions taken by the Central government in the coming days. The decisions are for the welfare of the people. And people should know the other side of the story as well. The government has worked hard in its initial 30 days and our leaders should know about their own government,” the leader said.

On the matter of punctuality, Rajeev Babbar, who was in charge of the presentation, said, “In 30 days, we have shown how Modiji wants to run the government. Earlier, even ministers used to be absent from their offices. Now, when ministers are on time, the whole paraphernalia works better.”

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