BJP general secretary Amit Shah, a key member of Team Modi took over as party’s UP in-charge in Lucknow on Wednesday morning, and within a couple of hours of his arrival he dropped enough hints that he intended to undertake job of finding winning strategies for the party - stuck with 10 MPs since last two Lok Sabha polls in the 80-MP state - with all seriousness.
Racing from one meeting to another, Shah sported a “stern, scrutinizing look” for most part and by the time he was through with his meetings, all the party leaders and cadre in the state had been assigned a specific task - adopting one booth in the state besides spending 20 days in rural UP each month.
Shah made it clear that “everyone” would have to join in the task and indicated that he was willing to lead from the front by adopting one booth and spending nearly three weeks every month in UP till the elections.
That he had done his homework was clear as he rattled off figures of total number of booths in UP (1,27, 700 booths) and then compared them with the official figures of BJP’s active workers in UP (71000) along with an estimated “30 lakh” ordinary workers.
“Forget worrying about Lok Sabha constituency. Concentrate at the booth level. If you are able to take care of your booth, rest of the things would fall in place by themselves,” he said.
Shah’s itinerary booked with breakfast, luncheon and dinner meets scheduled over Wednesday and Thursday has still time for the “common worker.”
In the presence of RSS’s key points person Saudan Singh who had been specially rushed to Lucknow from Chhattisgarh for his introductory meeting with UP BJP leaders and workers, Shah quizzed UP office bearers, especially those who had been here for long on the reasons for the party’s embarrassing slide over the decade.
His three co-in charges Trivendra Singh Rawat, Rameshwar Chaurasia and Satyendra Kushwaha also decided to join ‘mission UP’ by opting to take responsibility of three politically important regions of UP - Kashi (chaurasia), Bundelkhand (Kuhswaha) and Braj (Rawat).
Sources said that to assist Shah the party could rush in more co in-charges in UP. To give the message that the state BJP was ready to cooperate with Shah, state BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai declared even identified booth (no 252 in Meerut) that he would be adopting.
Shah indicated that in the coming days BJP would be seen battling out on the streets with its 'gaon-gali chalo' campaigns while attempts would also be made to rally around the backwards by playing up Modi’s plan to construct a statue of Sardar Patel (a backward) by getting “iron” from nearly 5 lakh villages of the country.
From October 31 BJP leaders in UP would be engaged with the task of getting "iron" from UP villages for Modi's project.