After addressing three back-to-back public meetings at Tohana, Loharu and Ambala after formally kicking off the poll campaign in Haryana, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah brainstormed with top Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) thinktank to boost party’s prospects on Monday evening.
Shah, who reached a tourist complex here around 9.30pm on Monday held a closed-door meeting with RSS general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal, vice-president Suresh Soni, BJP leader JP Nadda, union power minister Piyush Goel and others.
Haryana poll in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is a cabinet minister in Madhya Pradesh, and former minister from Himachal Pradesh, Rajeev Bindal, who is holding media charge of party, were also present.
Interestingly, no state MP/MLA or key leaders who are claimants of the chief ministerial post were present in the meeting that ended around 2am. Haryana affairs in-charge Jagdish Mukhi and state general secretary (organisation) Suresh Bhatt were also present.
On what transpired during the brainstorming session, sources said the national president spoke to party rebels who were trying to upset the chances of the saffron party’s candidates and assigned duties to leaders based on caste calculations, whose connect with people could affect the party’s prospects.
Son of former Delhi chief minister Saheb Singh Verma, Parvesh Verma, who is BJP MP from West Delhi, was also present in the meeting, sources said, adding that a Jat face, Parvesh Verma can matter in the state where Jats hold the key to victory.
Another set of sources, who were present at the venue till the meeting ended, said the poll campaign would become more aggressive in days to come with the entry of several national-level leaders in Haryana.
They added that it would be a colourful campaign in the state, as several entertainers-turned-politicians have also been roped in to sway voters in for the October-15 elections.