Going by its Ek Booth, Dus Youth (one booth, 10 youth) slogan, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has deployed nearly 4 lakh young volunteers at polling booths across Uttarakhand. The volunteers will reach out to the voters and make efforts to bring as many of them as possible to the booths on the day of polling, said a party spokesperson.
State BJP president Teerath Singh Rawat said, “We were short of party workers in the youth wing. But early this year, we added 2.5 lakh new members through a membership drive. It was a great success. Now, we have nearly 4 lakh members and all of them are all deployed in polling booths to make the Ek Booth, Das Youth campaign successful.”
He said the number of volunteers deployed in disaster-hit areas such as Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh are more to compensate for the lack of what he claimed a logistical inadequacy.
Rawat said the rehabilitation and reconstruction operation undertaken by the government in Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Pithoragarh and Bageshwar were in shambles and the residents were dissatisfied.
Ashish Negi, BJP youth wing member of Augustmuni block in Rudraprayag, said, “People in the district are highly agitated. They don’t have roads; water supply pipelines are not renovated and there is no arrangement for power supply. A lot of people, especially women, are unwilling to vote because of the poor relief works. But male voters want to come forward and cast their votes in our favour so that they can change the government.”
Earlier, along with youth wing members, BJP used to deploy women’s wing workers as well in each polling station to complete the quorum of 10 party workers.
However, this time there are enough young members so as to allocate exactly 10 volunteers per polling booth.
The concentration of youth members will be in remote and disaster-affected areas.
“The remote regions of the state were already reeling under lack of connectivity. The mid-June flash floods made it even worse. It will require a lot of energy and determination to bring people from these regions to the polling booths so that they can also take part in the electoral process, said Anoop Semwal, a member of BJP’s youth wing in Kedarnath.
“That is why we have put a majority of our members in remote and disaster-affected districts.”