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BJP’s bike brigade is its new poll weapon

india Updated: Sep 08, 2014 22:23 IST
Shishir Gupta

As part of its plan to prepare grounds in states where the party has been traditionally weak, BJP chief Amit Shah has earmarked 100 youth workers each for eight states to be part of a motorcycle brigade.

The states of Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Jharkhand are part of the plan.

Party sources said that during his recent visit to West Bengal, Andhra, Telengana and Kerala, Shah identified 100 workers from the BJP, Sangh and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in each of these states, who would tour the states and help build the party base.

“These workers will be given Rs 4, 000 worth of petrol for their motorcycles to reach out to the electorate, recruit members and expand the party. In Jharkhand too, the brigade and election raths would propagate the party message in areas where there is no television or internet,” said a senior BJP leader.

Apart from these eight states, Shah has deployed some 400 workers in Maharashtra to give ground reports on the BJP election campaign for the forthcoming assembly polls.

BJP plans to fight as many seats as their main ally Shiv Sena as the chief minister would be from the party with more wins. According to top leaders, the BJP-Sena combine is sensing a big victory in Maharashtra due to serious anti-incumbency against the ruling dispensation.

While the basic purpose of the motor-cycle brigade would be to spread the BJP message, Shah’s immediate task at hand is to breach the erstwhile Left citadels of West Bengal and Kerala by ensuring a BJP victory in the forthcoming Kolkata Municipal Council and Thiruvanthapuram Municipal Council elections.

The units in these states have been sensitised to the party plans with state presidents empowered by the central command to take decisions.