In Shimla, BJP on cleanliness ‘overdrive’ ahead of Modi rally
Even as state’s capital readied itself for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit here, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took the opportunity to launch a cleanliness drive to build up its campaign ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi election due next month. The drive was launched five days ago and culminated on Wednesday at Mall road.india Updated: Apr 26, 2017 14:08 IST
Even as state’s capital readied itself for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit here, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took the opportunity to launch a cleanliness drive to build up its campaign ahead of Shimla municipal corporation election due next month. The drive was launched five days ago and culminated on Wednesday at Mall road.
In all 34 wards of Shimla municipal corporation, BJP’s workers led by senior party leaders are actively participating in the drive. This drive is seen as an attempt to connect with the masses ahead of Shimla MC elections.
Earlier, there were 25 municipal wards which have now been delimited to 34.
CLEAN SHIMLA DRIVE
Not only local party leaders but union health minister JP Nadda, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Lok Sabha member Virender Kashyap, party legislators, former ministers participated in the drive to ‘clean’ Shimla.
However, in some areas the drive remained symbolic and merely became a photo opportunity for party workers.
“Cleanliness drive is successful when senior leaders are not in attendance. When senior party leaders participate in programmes, all the party workers put their efforts to fit in to photo frames with them,” said a senior BJP worker from Sanjauli.
Many party cadres were seen holding mobile phone in one hand and broom in another. Social networking sites are flooded with photos of party workers and ticket aspirants for Shimla MC polls.
But party leaders have different views on it. “This is a vast campaign and has many colours. But overall picture is that the party workers are united to welcome PM Modi by cleaning Shimla town,” said BJP’s state general secretary (organisation) Pavan Rana.
However, the Congress party has dubbed it as a sham. “This drive is nothing but a photo opportunity for BJP leaders. There are state government as well as Shimla civic body to look after sanitation,” said Congress chief spokesperson Naresh Chauhan.
First Published: Apr 26, 2017 14:08 IST