Mobilising party workers two years ahead of the next assembly elections proves to be a challenge for the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership in Madhya Pradesh.
The state Bharatiya Janata Party executive meet, held in Gwalior on September 28 and 29, called upon party leaders and workers to be geared up for the assembly elections, scheduled for 2018, under the leadership of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to elect a BJP government for a fourth time.
The Bharatiya Janata Party also told workers to follow the ideals of Jan Sangh founder Pt Deendayal Upadhyay and help the party retain power at the Centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The state executive meet is over; now the major challenge before the party is how to make workers follow the programmes planned for the next two years, if not the ideals of Deendayal Upadhyay,” a BJP leader told Hindustan Times on Sunday.
State Bharatiya Janata Party president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan made it clear that Chouhan would lead the party to victory in 2018.
“The biggest message at the state executive meet was that the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership in Delhi has reposed faith in Shivraj Singh Chouhan to lead the party,” a BJP leader said.
“Had it not been so, the party would not have planned to start a campaign from November 29, the day Chouhan completes 11 years in office, with programmes surrounding him.”
A series of programmes was planned from November 29 to involve party workers for one year so that the BJP would be on a stronger wicket for the elections, he said.
Addressing the meet, the chief minister reiterated his commitment to provide houses for all by 2022.
Five lakh houses will be built in urban areas and 10 lakh in rural areas in the next two years, besides enacting a law to ensure housing for all, he said.
He announced creation of a Venture Capital Fund to help talented youths set up companies. Chouhan said conventions of different groups would be held, emphasising that banners at the venues would have Upadhyay’s logo.
“The party has planned a host of programmes down to the booth level to engage workers,” said state Bharatiya Janata Party vice-president Vijesh Lunawat.
“The leadership has made it clear that every hand will have work and every work will have a hand (Har haath ko kaam aur har kaam ko haath). That’s why the Bharatiya Janata Party is not worried about election results in 2018.”
Party leaders will tour the state extensively to galvanise workers into an election mode. “Workers at the grassroots will be convinced that the strength of the BJP, not of the government, will help the party retain power for the fourth consecutive term,” a party leader said.