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That?s BJP: One booth, one youth

BHARATIYA JANATA Party (BJP) is ?almost? ready for the Vidhan Sabha elections. ?I have been preparing and strengthening the party for the battle of ballot to dislodge the inefficient and corrupt Mulayam Singh Government from the day I took over as president?, claims Keshari Nath Tripathi, former speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly and an important upper caste leader of the saffron brigade.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 01:31 IST

BJP chief on party’s strategy for VS polls

BHARATIYA JANATA Party (BJP) is ‘almost’ ready for the Vidhan Sabha elections.

“I have been preparing and strengthening the party for the battle of ballot to dislodge the inefficient and corrupt Mulayam Singh Government from the day I took over as president”, claims Keshari Nath Tripathi, former speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly and an important upper caste leader of the saffron brigade. Tripathi was asked to take over reins in July, 2004 from firebrand leader and ‘Hanuman’ of the organisation—Vinay Katiyar—as the latter had allegedly failed to deliver.

Contrary to general belief that BSP supremo Mayawati will form the next Government in the State, Tripathi asserted that the Bhartiya Janata Party was the only party which could form the Government and there was absolutely no doubt about that, he added.

In an exclusive interview to the Hindustan Times, Tripathi informed that the party had enough “energy and resources”, including the finances, to take on the major political outfits, which had been playing hide-and-seek with people supporting the Government on the floor of the House while opposing it outside through the media.

The exercise to select the party nominees for the Vidhan Sabha elections had almost been completed in consultation with the grass root-level workers, the State Bhartiya Janata Party president said claiming credit to do away with the system of distribution of tickets by senior party leaders sitting in air-conditioned rooms which invariably used to lead to strong resentment among the ticket-seekers.

Three observers were sent to every district to gather personal information about the ticket-seekers that made things easier for selection of candidates, he said.

Moreover, informed Tripathi, even the process for selection of ‘devoted’ party workers, who would be given the responsibility of manning the booth during the election under the Bhartiya Janata Party ’s strategy of ‘One Booth, One Youth’, had been completed and a final list was ready and would soon be
released. Training camps for the workers selected for the job would be organised in different parts of the State, he added.

The purpose, he said, of the detailed and tedious exercise was to take workers into confidence and give then due importance in everything.

There was no dearth of funds, he said, in reply to a question on mobilising resources for elections which now need a huge amount of money.

The party workers always managed to collect enough donations to meet the expenditure, Tripathi said, adding that the entire expense of the UP leg of Rajnath Singh’s Rath Yatra were borne by the workers on its own.

On the issues the saffron brigade would raise in the elections, Tripathi said people were mature enough to understand the game plan, priorities, economics of the Mulayam Government and its real purpose to serve industrialist friends of Amar Singh through the so-called Uttar Pradesh Development Council. People would give a befitting reply in the coming elections.

Unprecedented power and water crisis, problems of students, farmers, the common man, lack of essential commodities, dozens of scams and ongoing open loot of the state by Amar Singh and Company had already written off the Samajwadi Party, he added.

Tripathi said, he was probably the only State president who had held a number of meetings from state to block level with workers to strengthen the organisation and to inculcate the feeling of confidence so that they did not feel ignored, which was a common complaint.

First Published: Jun 12, 2006 01:31 IST