BJP owes assembly poll success to men working behind curtains

  • B Vijay Murty, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Dec 28, 2014 16:47 IST

There have been many Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders who worked behind the curtains to help party achieve the 41 seat mission in Jharkhand, besides the top Central leaders.

Prominent among them have been the BJP's organisation general secretary Rajendra Singh and in-charge for Jharkhand polls Trivendra Singh Rawat.

The duo did everything they felt would help the BJP win more seats and give them majority in the state assembly.

From helping in picking up the right candidates to managing their campaigning till they won, they fought every seat as if someone from their own family was in the fray.

Their commitment and contribution towards the successful performance of the party was unparalleled during the poll, thanks to their efforts which made the party form the first majority government in the state.

A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) import in the party, Singh is serving as BJP's organisation general secretary in Jharkhand for the last three and half years.
During this period, besides strengthening the party at the grass-root level, he successfully led the BJP in the general elections, wining 12 out of the 14 seats.

He was also sent for the Chhattisgarh assembly polls last year.

The party optimally exploited his organisational skills in south Chhattisgarh and eventually returned to power with a clear mandate.

A postgraduate from the Allahabad University, Singh served the BJP in Awadh and Kasi regions of Uttar Pradesh before he was to Jharkhand.

Considering his secret style of operation, Singh chose not to speak on his activities, but thanked the people of Jharkhand for giving a clear mandate in the state ridden with plenty of problems.

BJP president Amit Shah made Rawat the party's Jharkhand in-charge with barely two months to go for the assembly polls.

At the time, the party's state unit was already replete with internal strife and the move was expected to add to the woes.

But courtesy his leadership and team building skills, Rawat came to Jharkhand with 60-odd workers from his home state, Uttaranchal and won the hearts of Jharkhandi voters, especially in the JMM bastion Santhal Pargana, where the BJP bettered its performance from two to seven seats.

Since he travelled a lot, he could not hide much from the media glare and remained vocal.

Revealing the strategy that he claims worked well in Santhal, Rawat said, this was the first time when someone challenged the Sorens in their home turf with such zeal and vigour.

"Earlier, the mukhiyas worked as vote agents and often sold votes to JMM for liquor and feasts."

He said his men from Uttaranchal along with local tribal BJP youth camped in the villages braving threats of attack on them for 50-odd days, tutored innocent villagers on their voting rights and enlightened them on how Modi was transforming lives of poor across the country.

BJP workers under Rawat's leadership also celebrated Modi's rallies in Dumka and Barhet by bursting crackers and made people participate in the celebrations, which was unique for the region.

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