ANIL DAVE, the BJP in charge of election affairs for Vidisha by-poll, has tough task on hand. Managing and co-ordinating his party’s election affairs and giving a befitting reply to the Bharatiya Janshakti’s claim that it is real flag-bearer of Hindutva by a clear win. He talked to Ranjan on various poll-related issues:
As the election affairs in charge, how do you feel about your responsibility, particularly when the BJP has a lot at stake in by-polls?
I take every election seriously, whether it’s election at the ward level or to Lok Sabha. I focus on my goal and believe in giving results.
Given Vidisha’s profile, do you not think Vidisha job is somewhat easier to achieve as compared to Bada Malehra?
Once in election field, one has to put in one’s best efforts to achieve the victory. There is no room for complacency. Hence, no task is easy.
Will the by-poll results prove who is the real champion of Hindutva, the BJP or Bharatiya Janshakti?
One or two elections cannot prove this. The BJP’s ideology and policies stood the test of time.
Do you not feel uncomfortable while facing Uma Bharati during the electioneering as you had been once close to her?
Why should I be uncomfortable? I have been given some responsibility by the party, which I have to discharge. However, it’s not good to deny the past. Uma Bharati had been in the BJP for about 25 years, hence I shared a common platform with her.
But the hard truth remains that she is not in the BJP and is heading another party.
Political observers feel that the BJP’s fight with the Bharatiya Janshakti will result in division of the party mass base and advantageous for the Congress? Any comment?
Every party has its prime agenda. Like for us, our agenda is Ram Janam Bhoomi, Article 370 and good governance. Besides, the BJP is a big party with huge national structure. Hence, one should not compare a national party with a newly-born party.
What do you think are the issues in Vidisha by-poll?
Development is certainly an important issue. This is our focal point during electioneering, hence we have raised the slogan- “pachas sal me dhai kos, dhai sal me pachas kos”.
Then what was the need on your part in getting printed calendars in the name of Vande Matram to raise the emotive issue?
Vande Matram became an issue because of the Centre’s circular. We launched a statewide campaign on this.
Do you not think the by-polls will shape up the BJP’s future in coming years?
The BJP’s future would be shaped by the State Government’s performance and the party’s organisational affairs.
Is Harda Nagar Palika result not a major worry for the party ahead of by-polls?
Nagar Palika elections are fought on local issues. But every failure must be assessed properly and every success should be digested properly.
Do you not see anti-incumbency factor working against the BJP?
When you are in power, expectations are high. But we have lots of achievements to convince the electorate that they rightly chose the BJP to rule the State. Digvijay Singh’s 10 years tenure proved horrible for the State. In my view, answerability should be fixed on politicians for the promises they make. It’s not that you make false promises, make mockery of it and then come again with false promises after five years. There should be judicious use of natural resources and application of latest technology for benefit of people. We have launched an eco-friendly electioneering in Vidisha which means there will be less use of plastic.