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Through Sampark Abhiyan, U’khand CM to woo non-political Congress supporters

Chief minister TS Rawat is going to woo big wigs of Uttarakhand whose inclination towards Congress is well-known. This will be done as a part of the BJP’s ‘Sampark Abhiyan’

dehradun Updated: Jun 08, 2018 21:39 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
A view of BJP office in Dehradun on Friday.(Vinay Santosh Kumar//HT)

Chief minister TS Rawat is going to woo big wigs of Uttarakhand whose inclination towards Congress is well-known. This will be done as a part of the BJP’s ‘Sampark Abhiyan’.

The national campaign is already drawing flak from many political parties. Two days ago, the Shiv Sena mocked the saffron party’s campaign, stating: “The PM (Narendra Modi) is touring the world and BJP national president Amit Shah is touring the country”.

The campaign that started in Uttarakhand on May 26 and will be concluding on June 11. Sampark Abhiyan has reported “contact for support” of all legislators, cabinet ministers, organizational members and others.

The BJP and the state government are targeting industrialists, businessmen, educationists, real estate people, builders, entrepreneurs, socialites, artists, authors and others.

And they very well know of the people, who do not support the BJP.

So, instead of lining up meetings with legislators, the party has decided to fix meetings of some ‘known’ personalities with the chief minister and cabinet ministers.

“We have shortlisted some well-known people of the state with whom CM and his cabinet would be meeting as a part of the campaign,” said Ajay Bhatt, the BJP state unit president.

But, insiders informed that most of these people were eminent people who have been close to the Congress.

“We know that these people (whom the CM and cabinet ministers) are going to meet are inclined towards the Congress. But, it doesn’t matter. The whole objective of the campaign is to inform them about achievements of our party, irrespective of their political inclination,” Bhatt said.

Some party leaders differ on this. “It’s a failed effort to connect with personalities who are Congress supporters. It won’t make much of a difference to them. Importantly, we should also understand whether or not these people influence voting pattern,” a senior BJP leader said on the condition of anonymity.

Naresh Bansal, BJP general secretary (organisation), said, “We have a target of contacting the non-political opinion makers. And we are sure it is going to make a difference.”

Pritam Singh, Congress state unit president, said: “It’s their strategy for 2019 polls. But, it’s not easy to turn our supporters in their favour.”

First Published: Jun 08, 2018 21:39 IST