BJP on Thursday blew the bugle for upcoming elections, calling on people to join the party as full-time workers as chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reiterated his commitment to several initiatives, including housing for all by 2022.
BJP leaders urged district presidents to recruit full-time workers who would devote up to two years to the party, with an aim on the 2018 assembly and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The party wishes to strengthen its position at the grassroots level by spreading the ideology of its ideologue and Jan Sangh founder Deendayal Upadhyay, whose birth centenary year is being celebrated on a grand scale. The government too will organise programmes commemorating Upadhyay.
In his 70-minute speech, Chouhan reiterated his commitment to provide houses for all by 2022. Five lakh houses in urban areas and 10 lakh houses in rural areas will be built for those who don’t have houses in the next two years, besides enacting a law to ensure housing for all, he said.
“If government land is exhausted for construction of houses, we will purchase private land to meet the objective.”
Conventions of different sections of society will be held at various levels, Chouhan said, adding that banners at those venues should have ‘Upadhyay’s logo’.
He also announced the creation of a Venture Capital Fund to help talented youths establish companies. “They can return the money taken from the fund once they run the company,” he said.
Referring to medical aid schemes, he said the government was also considering bearing the expenses on bone marrow transplant of a thalassaemia patient – `15-16 lakh.
Chouhan said Upadhyay believed in the philosophy of integral humanism which took care of not only physical needs but also the needs of mind and soul. “We are providing rice and wheat at `1 per kg not for votes, but in view of the philosophy of Deendayal Upadhyay. Happiness department was created under this philosophy,” he said.
Ruckus at venue
Barely moments after BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan made fun of AAP and Congress for indiscipline, a group of BJP workers from Bhind created ruckus at the party executive meet’s venue on Thursday afternoon.
Led by Yogendra Singh, the younger brother of former BJP MLA Rasal Singh, the party workers sloganeed against their district unit president Sanjeev Kankar and demanded his sacking for hobnobbing with Congress workers and leaders..
Yogendra told mediapersons that Kankar was playing in the hands of Congress workers.
The slogan shouting continued for more than 15 minutes with the protestors refusing to leave without meeting the BJP state president or the chief minister. Later, they were persuaded to leave the venue.
Moments earlier, Chauhan had lauded BJP workers for their discipline. “A party was born with the help of WhatsApp and mobile phones. The party even formed a government but almost 50% of its MLAs were jailed due to want of discipline,” he said, without naming Aam Admi Party.
Another party is in news because of loot of cots, he said, alluding to the Congress.