Low turnout at some places during Parivartan Yatra cause of concern for BJP
Low turnout at some places during the BJP’s month-long ‘Parivartan Yatra’ in poll-bound Uttarakhand is one of the major issues discussed at a party review meeting held in the city on Friday, sources said.dehradun Updated: Jan 05, 2017 17:02 IST
Low turnout at some places during the BJP’s month-long ‘Parivartan Yatra’ in poll-bound Uttarakhand is one of the major issues discussed at a party review meeting held in the city on Friday, sources said.
The party, however, officially dismissed it saying only in one place the rally had witnessed low turnout.
The much-publicised rally was launched on November 12 and its Kumaon leg ended on December 7 and Garhwal leg on December 12. It covered over 5,000 km and touched all 70 assembly constituencies. The hill state goes to the polls early next year.
The sources said there were many gatherings where people turnout was low. Around 2,000 people attended the campaign’s concluding event in the state capital on December 12. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar had addressed it.
“An event in Mussoorie assembly constituency became a one man show. It only projected the sitting BJP MLA (Ganesh Joshi) instead of the party’s success,” a senior BJP leader said requesting anonymity.
BJP state unit president Ajay Bhatt said: “Nearly 3,000 people attended a public gathering at Rudrapur which according to our standards is less.”
“Reason behind low turnout is because it was a constituency programme. Had it been a district-level programme, we would have received more people,” he said after the review meeting also attended by party state in-charge Shyam Jaju and joint national general secretary Shiv Prakash.
Over 10,000 people attended a gathering in Bhagwanpur and 5,000 in Dharchula, Bhatt told HT while rubbishing the issue of low turnout.
Asked about Mussoorie constituency, he said: “The event started from Raipur constituency and traversing through Dharampur and Dehradun Cantt it reached Mussoorie. Our supporters were present on the way and it was not possible to accommodate more people at the event.”
BJP’s further plan of action
The BJP will start a week-long campaign “Atal Swadesh Saptah” on December 25 to celebrate former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday. On January 1, it will organise a day-long programme - Vidhan Sabha Sammelan - in each constituency.
“Yuva Samwad Karyakram” will be organised at nine places -- Dehradun, Srinagar, Roorkee, Kashipur, Haldwani, Almora, Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh and Haridwar from January 5-12. These events will highlight projects and policies of Vajpayee.