“Stop being hangers-on of your leaders,” BJP president Nitin Gadkari told more than 15,000 party workers assembled at the Morhabadi ground on Saturday.
He also forbade them from prostrating themselves before senior leaders in the hope of getting a ticket to contest in the assembly or parliamentary elections.
“Stop exhibiting your helpless before your leaders. But do not stop showing respect to older leaders, especially to those above 75 years,” Gadkari said in the presence of party leaders, including chief minister Arjun Munda.
“The party will consider only those workers for tickets who are popular with the masses and enjoy their mandate,” he added. Buoyed by the party’s performance in the Bihar assembly elections last year -- the BJP won 91 of the 102 seats it contested, Gadkari said he would focus on training workers at the grass roots level to topple the UPA government.