More than 25,000 BJP workers will gather in Bhopal on Thursday for a two-day convention, which party sources said is aimed at mobilizing workers at the poll booth level in next month’s civic polls in Madhya Pradesh.
The Sankalp Adhiveshan will be inaugurated by union minister Venkaiah Naidu and the valedictory function will be addressed by Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
The ruling BJP controls nine of the 14 municipal corporations in the state, while the Congress and the BSP hold two each and one is held by an independent.
Sources in the party said party workers at the ward and poll booth level will get guidance from the central and state leaders at the convention.
Besides giving a sense of representation to the workers and leaders at the 'grass root level', the two-day meet would also inculcate a strong bonding among them, they said.
Confident of sweeping the civic polls in the state riding on the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, sources said, the party will iron out prickly issues like infighting during the pre and post ticket distribution phase and sort out dispute among leaders at the meet.
Political analysts, however, see the convention as a show of the ruling BJP’s clout in the state.
"It is a show of strength by the BJP meant to galvanise party workers before the urban polls and help the undecided voter to choose them over their rivals," said political analyst Girija Shanker.
The BJP has excelled at holding events which help them remain in the voter's mind more successfully than the Congress, he said.
Taking a leaf out of the RSS’s hospitality practice, the saffron party will be giving the whole event a family gathering atmosphere.
Families of 12,000 BJP leaders and workers in 85 wards of Bhopal Municipal Corporation will play host and lodge the invitees in their residences, said BJP spokesperson Hitesh Bajpai.
"All arrangements have been worked out and workers will start arriving by Wednesday evening," Bajpai said.
A total of 25,000 BJP workers including poll booth in-charge will attend the conference along with corporators, lMLAs, MPs and district presidents, among others, he said.