Apart from consolidating its cadre base in MP, the state BJP’s ‘mahajansampark abhiyan’ (mega contact campaign) would be highlighting the achievements of the Narendra Modi government at Centre to ward off the recent surge in ‘propaganda’ by opposition parties, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Saturday.
Speaking at the launch function of the campaign at the CM House, Chouhan said that the opposition parties including Congress have recently stepped up attack against policies of Union government and were trying to confuse and mislead the people on issues like land acquisition bill.
“During the contact campaign, pamphlets highlighting achievements of Narendra Modi government and explaining its policies would be distributed amongst the party members root out the confusions,” the CM said.
Earlier, state BJP chief, Nandkumar Singh Chauhan also said that highlighting achievements of Modi government at centre and Shivraj government in state would be an integral part of the ‘mahajansampark abhiyan’.
The party chief added that a pamphlet highlighting the ideologies and policies of the party would also be handed over the members along with a letter from party’s national president Amit Shah.
Each of the 1.12 crore recently listed party members in the state would be contacted during the campaign, he said.
The contact campaign was formally launched with the state BJP chief, Nandkumar Singh Chauhan ‘contacting’ CM Chouhan as a BJP member at the latter’s official residence.
Chouhan filled up a form and gave a missed call on a toll free number to confirm his membership with the party.
Later, the CM and Chauhan visited the Bhopal residence of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to ‘contact’ her.
Speaking on the occasion, Swaraj said that the contact campaign of the party proves two points – that traditional (personal) and modern (missed call for membership) methods of contacts could be together used to good effect and that a party worker is always a party worker irrespective of the post he or she attains.
“Today, CM and Nandkumar Singh came to my house as party workers to meet a party worker,” she said.
CM’S SUGGESTIONS: Filling up the validation form for membership, the CM Chouhan suggested that party workers should be provided training and everyone should be given work according to their interest and caliber. The state chief Nandkumar Singh said that these suggestions would be implemented surely.
CM AS WEAPON: Nandkumar Singh conceded during the launch function that the party unit had to use CM Chouhan as ‘final weapon’ to enthuse people to join BJP. “At one point our drive was stagnating. Then we used voice messages from the CM to motivate the people,” he said.
Call for observing silence, help for Nepal victims
CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan came out with an appeal to people to observe a mass one minute silence on May 5 at 11.00am as tribute to Nepal earthquake victims.
He also urged people to donate as much as possible to the CM’s relief fund that could be transferred to PM’s relief fund for the Nepal victims.