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Win booths, victory in polls will follow, Shah tells BJP state unit

DH News Service, Bengaluru, Jan 10 2018, 1:38 IST
Amith Shah participated in the review meeting for preparations of elections in Karnataka at Rayal orchid, Allalsandra, Yalahanka in Bengaluru on Tuesday. BJP Leaders Purandereshwari, Sadandandagowda, Murlidharao, Prakshjavadekar, Pueshgoel and Jagadesh Shetter are seen.

Amith Shah participated in the review meeting for preparations of elections in Karnataka at Rayal orchid, Allalsandra, Yalahanka in Bengaluru on Tuesday. BJP Leaders Purandereshwari, Sadandandagowda, Murlidharao, Prakshjavadekar, Pueshgoel and Jagadesh Shetter are seen.

BJP national president Amit Shah on Tuesday is said to have told party legislators, MPs and functionaries to strive to win booths and the party will automatically emerge victorious in the Assembly elections.

At a late-evening meeting of MPs legislators, district presidents, heads of various morchas, office-bearers, constituency incharges held at a private resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru, Shah is said to have stressed the need for effective implementation of the party's micro-management plan to win the polls. Strengthening the booth committees and taking it forward by constituting "page pramukh" - appointing a party worker for each page of the voters' list - should be the priority of the state unit.

Shah is said to have expressed his unhappiness and disappointment at BJP legislators and MPs that despite his repeated instruction they had failed to implement the tasks set for them. During his last visit to Bengaluru on December 31 Shah took legislators and MPs to task for not following his "one-plus-one strategy," wherein each elected representative not only looks after his or her constituency, but one more allotted by the party. He told them when he visits Bengaluru the next time they should have finished the visit to the constituencies allotted to them.

The BJP chief is learnt to have come prepared with reports on the progress made by the elected representatives, compiled by a team of party loyalists, assigned by Shah. "There has not been much progress. It is not a big task. Why this lethargy. What is the problem in stepping out and working for your party. Elections are round the corner. This will not do" Shah is said to have told them.

He set a deadline of January 16 for the state unit to prepare constituency-wise "charge sheets" to highlight the shortcomings of the Congress government.

The meetings were held in the presence of Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal, who have been appointed as election in-charge of the state and BJP national general secretary incharge of party affairs in Karnataka
P Muralidhar Rao.

The trio was asked to submit the report about the progress made in organising party workers at the grassroots level, by February 3.

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