68 Rath yatras, 75 rallies of CM and Modi’s mega rally on Sept 24 — BJP’s poll machinery in full action in Himachal
With state assembly elections nearing, the ruling BJP seems to have gone on a fiercely offensive mode in the hills. The Congress, which has been alternating the BJP rule every five years, is caught -up in its own web of factional fights and struggling hard to stitch in its torn ranks. It looks the BJP is determined to keep the Congress at disadvantage once again ,after its win in UP,Uttarakhand,Manipur and Goa.
On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday, the party flagged off LED Rath yatras –one each for all 68 constituencies in state’s 12 districts while the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur’s proposed 75 rallies—atleast one in every constituency has already touched 58 mark on Sunday.
“ Now, we wait for the arrival of the Prime Minister on September 24 at Mandi’s paddal ground for a mega show of strength, which is an all youth-rally of one lakh. All the participants will be of less than 40 years of age. This will be a unique show in its own way” state BJP President Suresh Kashyap told Uday India in Shimla.
BJP National President J P Nadda ,who is also expected to arrive at the scene in next two days, will himself take the command of the Prime Minister’s rally while the Chief Minister was overseeing the arrangements at his level.
Kashyap says the party was in full campaign mode in the state and a massive outreach programme is already going on in every constituency overseen by the party incharge,who have been especially deputed by the BJP high command.
Before the elections are announced the BJP will try to reach out to almost every single voter. Though, the task is quite tough if one looks at topography and climatic challenges but the party machinery is very much in action mode, he explains.
The LED Rath-yatras will make the people aware of the policies, schemes and programmes of the Central and state governments—actually the benefits the state has from the double engine Sarkar ,says Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who spoke to media after flagging off the yatars.
Thakur said the LED Rath Yatra is aimed at publicizing developmental programmes and welfare schemes of the government in all Assembly constituencies.
Asked about the challenge from the congress ,which is eyeing at anti-incumbency, Thakur said “The Congress is passing through its worst phase.While its leaders are on Bharat Jodo drama, the congress leaders are on Quit Congress campaign”
He quotes the instance relating to resignation of senior party MLA and vice-president Ram Lal Thakur ,who himself has pointed to serious factionalism in the party and lack of control on the leaders ,more than a dozen figuring out how to become Chief Minister .
He said through the Rath yatra, the BJP would try to reach villages and seek suggestions from villagers for the party’s vision document for the upcoming elections. The party has taken a decision to get suggestions from at least 50,000 people for preparing the Vision document of the next government.
For the past one month, the Chief Minister has also been touring the state—holding two to three rallies every day in the assembly constituency as part of the government’s celebrations about 75th year of the state’s existence. He has also launched projects worth Rs 1000 to 1200 cr crores during these functions till now.
“We have plans to complete 75 rallies by September 28. Till now, Chief Minister has already done 58 functions, four of these jointly with union minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur and two with national party president J P Nadda. Union Minister for tribal affairs Arjuna Munda is likely to join Chief Minister for rallies in the tribal belt of Lahaul-Spiti,Pangi, Bharmour and Kinnaur” Sanjeev Katwal, BJP vice-president,who is also incharge of rallies.
Eyeing at “change” as the state has been witnessing after five years, Congress spokesman Naresh Chauhan says ” the people are fed-up with the BJP. They are just waiting for the announcement of the polls. The congress has its strategy in place and see that the BJP is ousted of the power because of its falsehood ,Jumble-baazi and non-performance.All its plans for mission repeat will flop in Himachal Pradesh”.
By Ashutosh Kumar