With eye on 2019 polls, Shah launches BJP's outreach programme

With eye on 2019 polls, Shah launches BJP's outreach programme

BJP president Amit Shah meets former army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag during 'Sampark for Samarthan' campaign, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI

BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday launched the party's 'Sampark for Samarthan' campaign by visiting former army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag at his residence in New Delhi to disseminate the achievements of the Narendra Modi government.

Shah also met former Lok Sabha secretary general Subhash Kashyap as part of the programme in which 4,000 BJP leaders, including chief ministers and Union ministers, will meet 1 lakh prominent people, including those from various walks of life.

The campaign, which is aimed at preparing the BJP's ground for the Lok Sabha polls next year, will also see 50 lakh selected party workers visiting every home in the country to popularise the achievements of the Modi government, which completed four years in power on May 26.

Shah said he briefed both Gen (retd) Singh and Kashyap about the "work done and historic initiatives" undertaken by the Modi government in the last four years.

"During this campaign, we will inform people about the achievements of the government and the work it would undertake during the fifth year of the Modi government. They will explain the measures taken by the government to uplift the poor and downtrodden," Shah told reporters after the meetings.

He said the party workers visiting the public have been provided with booklets, pen drives and literature that explain about the government's work, achievements and future plan. "Our aim is to reach every household in the country," Shah said.

This programme is part of a series of publicity programmes organised by the party to mark the completion of four years of the BJP-led NDA government.

As part of an outreach programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also reached out to the people through the NaMo App on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the Ujjwala Scheme and Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.

However, Shah's meeting with Suhag did not go down well with the Congress. Senior Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari tweeted, “these are extremely portentous conventions that BJP Is laying down. Using armed forces as a surrogate prop for political ends will have profound implications on civil-military relations and the carefully nurtured and assiduously cultivated military traditions of the past 70 years.”