The BJP has pumped in extra resources to meet its target of winning 44 seats in J&K assembly polls, including a team of about 50 party leaders from Uttar Pradesh who had worked as part of the team headed by party president Amit Shah when he was handling the critical campaign for Lok Sabha elections in UP in his earlier avatar as national general secretary.
According to a report carried by the Economic Time from UP, all these state leaders, who are in their late 30s and 40s, have their roots in the BJP’s ideological mentor, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, and the party is relying on the experience they gained while working under Shah to help wrest J&K.
“Our team from UP which has come to J&K is focusing on the Jammu and Ladakh regions. We have been assigned specific tasks and being from outside the state helps us gather unbiased in-formation from the ground and give clear and specific feedback to the party leadership,“ ET quoted Ramashish Rai, a former national president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha who is looking after constituencies including Ram Nagar and Reasi.
This team is also helping iron out differences among local leaders. With a resurgent BJP upbeat about its chances, many local leaders have soaring expectations and the team from UP being faction-neutral is tasked with making the local leaders work together in a cohesive manner.
The BJP being a minor player till now in the state politics, its party organisation is either weak or missing in many constituencies. The leaders roped in from UP are also helping out in the actual campaigning, moving from door to door and addressing meetings or organising street plays to build a wave in favour of the party.
“We are helping in the election campaign on the ground. Some of us move with the candidate himself and others operate independently, moving alone on specific tasks. We gather information about local issues and problems which are then highlighted by the party. Our feedback on the status of the campaign and our strength and weakness in each location is passed on a daily basis to higher-ups. Many of us have worked with the RSS and serve as a link between the party and our ideological parent,” ET quoted state BJP spokesperson Chandramohan Singh, who is camping in Udhampur and Chenani.