After Shah visit, BJP vistaraks in Rajasthan may get motorcycles
The vistarak plan is aimed at establishing direct contact with people ahead of the state assembly elections to be held next year and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.jaipur Updated: Jul 25, 2017 21:14 IST
More than 6,000 BJP workers engaged in the party’s vistarak (expansion) plan in Rajasthan may soon get motorcycles, said leaders who attended meetings with party president Amit Shah during his three-day visit to Jaipur.
The state BJP unit started recruiting party workers for playing the role of vistaraks (full-time workers) in January. The vistarak plan is aimed at establishing direct contact with people ahead of the state assembly elections to be held next year and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Under the initiative, around 50,000 BJP vistaraks will visit each polling booth in the state to canvass for the party.
The vistaraks -- temporary volunteers for the expansion plan -- will work outside their home districts and will not contest elections. Vistaraks are recruited for 15 days, one month, two months, three months, six months, one year and two years.
The state BJP had formed two committees at state and district levels to recruit the vistaraks, and organised a training workshop in April. In the recruitment form, party workers have to fill in a column stating the duration for which they want to work as vistaraks.
Rajasthan has now 45,000 vistaraks who have opted for a 15-day period; 200 vistaraks in each of the 33 districts in the state have opted to work for six months and one year.
BJP state president Ashok Parnami said the party was scaling new peaks and the vistarak plan would help in strengthening the organisation right down to the booth level.
“The aim is to propagate the party and government policies at the grass-root level. The scheme has been inspired by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, and with the help of vistaraks we want the party to reach out to all the sections of society and contribute towards nation building,” he said.
The BJP has successfully tested the idea of using motorcycles in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, party sources told HT. The BJP spent over Rs 6 crore in purchasing about 1,600 motorcycles -- with white background, saffron stripes and a lotus symbol -- for the UP election campaign.
Ashok Prajapat, Bikaner district vice president and vistarak for Pilibanga assembly constituency of Hanumangarh district, told HT that motorcycles would help party workers go to far-off places to popularise the Vasundhara Raje government’s achievements.