2nd anniv of Raje govt: BJP opens event to public fearing low turnout

  • Rashpal Singh, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Dec 04, 2015 14:35 IST
CM Vasundhara Raje with BJP state chief Ashok Parnami (centre) and minister Rajendra Rathore at the party office in Jaipur. (HT photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to open the event to mark the second anniversary of the government to the public, fearing that its earlier decision to allow only party workers and lawmakers could lead to a low turnout.

The government will organise an event on December 13 at the Janpath to spotlight the achievements of the government during the last two years.

There are fears, according to sources, of low turnout of people, and the party leaders are worried about a flop show.

Though the party has not officially put a figure to the expected crowd, party sources said there were directions to assemble at least 3 lakh people.

The party on Thursday directed MLAs, party district presidents, and ministers in-charge of 16 districts near Jaipur to bring as many people as possible.

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje has discouraged party members from quoting any figure for the gathering, said a party executive who attended the meeting.

“She said gather many people as possible but do not quote any figure,” said the leader who sought anonymity.

Party president Ashok Parnami, who earlier told the media that 3 lakh people were expected in the event, said numbers do not matter.

“General public was allowed as we wanted cooperation of the common people. Party workers of booth and block levels will also attend the event,” he said on Thursday.

Parnami said the event would not only highlight the two years of the government but also prepare a roadmap for the coming three years.

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