To expand base, Himachal BJP goes the RSS way

  • Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Mar 15, 2015 16:56 IST

In what could be termed as emulation the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-style of functioning, the state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party for first time has appointed ‘vistaraks’ (propagates) in all assembly segments to strengthen the organisation at the grassroots levels.

These ‘vistaraks’ have been appointed on the lines of its parent outfit’s ‘pracharaks’ (propagandists), clearing indicating towards the fact that the BJP’s electoral battles are fought with the help of the RSS, which promotes the Hindutva agenda.

The ‘vistaraks’ will keep tabs on the functioning of block units, to keep abreast with the strengths and shortcomings of the party in that particular area.

The ‘vistaraks’ have been asked to reach out to office-bearers at the block level, besides ensuring contacts with voters on the ground.

The party has made the move strengthen its cadres, especially keeping in mind the panchayat elections scheduled by the end of this year.

The ‘vistaraks’ are in the age group of the 30 to 50.

Those who have volunteered themselves for the cause of the party have not been given the home district. Interestingly, there are no women vistaraks in the party. These volunteers will submit a fortnightly report to state party headquarters about their progress in the respective district.

The BJP, which defeated the ruling Congress in all seats in parliamentary elections last year, has been working overtime to maintain its winning spree in the upcoming panchayat elections.

There are 3,243 panchayats in the state and the party had increased its focus on the booth level. This time, it is targeting to have 15 lakh-cadre base in the state.

“So far, we have enrolled 11.4 lakh members,” a senior party functionary told Hindustan Times.

The vistaraks will also gather feedback from the public on the functioning of the Virbhadra Singh-led government in the state. “The vistaraks will go out in the field amnd people across the state and work with enthusiasm,” said former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who gave tips to party leaders and workers during a training session.

Party general secretary in-charge for Shimla parliamentary seat Rajiv Bindal asked the participants at the training session to apprise the general public about then the “misdeeds of the Congress government”.

Party leaders also urged them to gather more information about the omission and commission of Congress leaders that will be incorporated in the chargesheet being prepared against the Virbhadra Singh government. The party has constituted a committee to frame the chargesheet.

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