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BJP tries to rope in Modi for mega meet

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, September 19, 2013
First Published: 15:21 IST(19/9/2013) | Last Updated: 17:22 IST(30/9/2013)

In a bid to enthuse party workers for forthcoming assembly elections, the state BJP unit has stepped up attempts to invite Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to address workers’ mega convention on September 25.

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Over one lakh party workers, activists and leaders from all over the state are expected to gather in Bhopal which chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will also address. “We want Modiji to address party workers. We are trying to get him,” state BJP vice-president Usha Thakur told HT.

The state BJP unit has already held convention of party’s frontal organisations BJP Mahila Morcha, BJP Yuva Morcha in Bhopal a week. The workers’ convention is a final attempt at state level to galvanise BJP’s workforce for assembly elections.

The BJP members and activists divided into different factions within the party needs a binding factor to unite them for a common purpose. “Modi is a huge draw specially among young workers,” a party source said and added it is time when party badly needs foot soldiers for canvassing government’s achievements.

Though chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is spearheading the election campaign in Madhya Pradesh, there are leaders within BJP who feel that Modi is needed to pep up efforts.

Then there are speculations that Modi, who is in BJP’s parliamentary board, may play a role in distribution of tickets for assembly seats where disputes between two potent party rivals over choice of candidate are deep-rooted and may seem beyond resolve.

For instance, the rift between state industries minister Kailash Vijayvargiya and Indore MP Sumitra Mahajan is well known and both will exert equal influence on leaders who will have final say in ticket distribution.

Apparently, the tussle to get tickets for assembly elections has intensified. In Indore, for instance, BJP has half dozen potent contestants for each of the nine assembly constituencies. This includes Vijayvargiya’s son Akash and Mahajan’s son Mandar. The potential BJP candidates are already on a self-promotion spree.

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