BJP national vice-president and Madhya Pradesh in-charge Vinay Sahasrabuddhe on Sunday said that the BJP believed in collective leadership as a party and was not specific to one leader.
Sahasrabuddhe, who was in Bhopal to attend the campaign committee meeting for the upcoming urban bodies polls, was replying to a query whether the party would rely on popularity of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to win elections.
"As required leaders including me would be called to campaign for the elections," he said when asked if he would campaign like his predecessor Ananth Kumar.
Vinay Sahasrabuddhe denied allegations that party tickets had been sold as alleged by BJP workers who protested party nominations for urban bodies, a few days ago.
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Earlier, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said that the BJP takes urban body elections very seriously. "We control 70 municipal corporations across the country and focus on improving the quality of urban life," he said. He added that social media would be used for campaigning in the polls and tools like crowd sourcing through social media would also be used.
Sahasrabuddhe also spoke about the ongoing membership drive in the BJP. He said that almost 60 lakh members had been added and the party aims to become the biggest political party in the world.
"We are focusing on geographical areas like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu where the party got votes but doesn't have membership to match it. Also, we are reaching out to youth, women and groups who we feel are away from the party," he said.
When asked if former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's membership has been renewed- as per the 6 year renewal clause in the party constitution- Sahasrabuddhe said he was not aware of it.
He also denied that the senior leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani had been sidelined and replaced by Modi and Amit Shah. "Photographs in banners are symbolic," he said.
'Maximize use of social media in campaigning'
Sahasrabuddhe, while addressing the campaign committee meeting of the state BJP and executive, said that the state had made rapid strides in the last 10 years which would benefit the party in the urban bodies' polls.
He said that he was happy to take over as the state in-charge in MP and pointed out the difference between observers in the Congress for states and the state in-charge for the BJP.
"In the BJP, the state in-charge exchanges ideals with state leadership while in the Congress the central observer is only appointed to get the diktats of the central leadership implemented," he said.
Sahasrabuddhe also said that the target of getting 2 crore memberships for the BJP under the ongoing membership drive should be exceeded. He asked party workers to use the calling facility for securing membership to the party to the fullest.
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He asked party workers to maximize the use of social media, Facebook and twitter for campaigning in the state. He praised the state government's public services guarantee act and said that the Maharashtra government was studying it to implement it.
CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was also present, said that the campaigning should commence every day with a cleaning drive. He said that Madhya Pradesh would provide a sizable number of members from the nine crore membership target set by the party.
Earlier, senior leaders of BJP including former CM Sunderlal Patwa, Kailash Joshi and former MP Kailash Sarang joined Sahasrabuddhe in garlanding pictures of Jan Sangh and BJP stalwarts.