Amit Shah takes control of BJP's Mission Delhi

BJP national president Amit Shah on Tuesday took control of the party’s “Mission Delhi” by telling around 130 city partymen, including MPs, former legislators and councillors, to get down to booth level intensive campaigning.

Shah – the man behind the party’s success in Lok Sabha polls and the recent Assembly election wins in Haryana and Maharashtra – was particular about each of the leader establishing links with at least 500 workers and submitting “reports” to the Delhi unit, said a leader who attended the brain storming session.

Holding 3,000 jan sabhas in the shape of corner meetings ahead of the Assembly polls was also stressed by Shah.

“The next  brainstorming session under Shah’s chairmanship will be held after about 10 days,” said a former legislator.

All BJP leaders who attended the meeting had been told not to bring mobile phone to the venue to avoid any distraction.

Many leaders who emerged from the nearly two-hour-long session said the tips given by Shah were not new, but the national party chief’s stress on doing actual work on the ground was quite visible.

“We were told to take Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to public places like hospitals, schools, temples or gurdwaras under each booth,” said another former legislator.

“At a later stage, Union ministers Smriti Irani and Jagat Prakash Nadda will join the campaign and start visiting schools and hospitals in the city,” he said.

Deliver results
Shah told leaders to quietly work on the ground, deliver results and avoid using the media to make false projections about their achievements, he said.

“For all the 12,000 booths, 10 party workers each will be activated. They will not only take the success story of the Modi government to people but also enrol at least 100 new BJP members,” said a councillor, who attended the meeting.
“The final target is to enrol 25 lakh members,” said former Trinagar legislator Nand Kishore Garg. He said the exercise was aimed at laying a solid foundation for the party’s winning strategy in the coming Assembly elections.

A councillor said Shah made it clear that each of the leader will maintain proper documentation on the activities he or she is undertaking.

“The reports will be given to the Delhi BJP office which will feed it into computers and use the information for comparing with the old data and setting new targets for the future,” he said.

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