The ruling BJP set new expansion goals on Sunday in places with yet to establish themselves as a viable option and in states where elections are looming. In the next six months, the party plans to establish booth committees in all 10,40,000 polling booths, deploy panna pramukhs (voter list in-charges), and institutionalise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat in every booth. Dharmendra Pradhan, a union minister and senior party leader, told the media that booth committees would be established by December 25, page committees by April 6, and Mann Ki Baat will be institutionalised by April 6 next year.
However, Pradhan noted that the BJP’s recent bypoll victory over the TRS demonstrated that the party is developing as a viable alternative to the ruling party. In Gujarat, Pradhan added, the BJP tried something new by forming panna pramukh committees in every booth and the booth committees that assist the party in mobilising votes during elections.
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According to the BJP spokesman, 53 party workers were slain in the post-election violence, and almost a lakh people live in makeshift shelters. Except for NT Rama Rao’s party, no other party in undivided Andhra Pradesh could match the BJP’s exponential rise in any state, according to Pradhan.
With the BJP facing a tough election battle in Punjab early next year, Nadda emphasised the government’s measures for the Sikh community, including FCRA approval for monies intended for gurudwaras, langar exemption from GST, and the reopening of the historic Kartarpur passage for Sikh pilgrims. PM Modi was honoured during the meeting by Shah, Nadda, the past party heads Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, and Union Minister Piyush Goyal for effectively managing the party throughout the epidemic, attaining the country’s 100-crore vaccine milestone.
The summit, which is being held in a hybrid manner in which state leaders are virtually present, has already started debating the political resolution. The discussion would centre on the impending byelections in five states, according to the party. LK Advani and MM Joshi, two veteran party stalwarts, joined the conference virtually from their separate homes in the national capital. According to Pradhan, three hundred forty-two members of the BJP’s national executive, the party’s highest policy-making body, are attending the meeting, and they have all registered their identities digitally.
In his speech, Nadda praised Prime Minister Modi for the country’s fight against the epidemic, praising the government’s assistance for vaccine manufacture and the distribution of free rations. He said that the country is returning to normality with positive economic indicators. While the BJP and the government have been chastised for the controversial agricultural laws that sparked the farmers’ uprising, Nadda pointed out that the Centre has launched several initiatives, including an increase in the minimum support price for farmers.