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With the onset of the festival season, state BJP leaders have embarked on a mission to connect with the people of Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra, using Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as their mascot.
To take its campaign to the next level, the state BJP has decided to invite Modi, the chairman of the BJP’s campaign committee for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, to attend a daylong session in October to discuss the election plans. A senior BJP leader said Modi would spend the day discussing election campaign and challenges ahead of the polls.
Even as the central leadership of the party is undecided on projecting Modi as the prime minister candidate yet, BJP leaders in the state have already decided to seek his guidance for the 2014 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
Local leaders are also planning to highlight Modi’s leadership through various public fora, ignoring party chief Rajnath Singh’s directives to not create a hype about his PM candidature issue at the moment. Singh has told BJP leaders that a final decision on Modi’s candidature would be taken at an appropriate time.
However, in Mumbai, BJP leaders are all set to have boys participate in “dahi-handi” celebrations in their respective constituencies wearing T-shirts with Modi’s photograph printed on them. A former MP said: “During Navratri, we will widely use Modi’s pictures during our campaign across the state.”
At its state executive meeting in Pune beginning on September 2, the party, however, intends to invite Rajnath Singh as the special guest, and not Modi. The executive will highlight the issues and preparations in Maharashtra for both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
At the conclave, a resolution on agriculture, highlighting the failure of the Congress and NCP government in tackling drought and floods, will be adopted. Another resolution related to the failing law and order situation in Maharashtra is also slated to be passed.
“Six hundred delegates will attend the conclave from across Maharashtra. While state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis will outline the law and order failure, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Vinod Tawde will highlight agriculture shortcomings,” said a BJP leader.