NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah, who took stock of the party’s poll strategy at a crucial party meeting here on Friday, exhorted the BJP cadre to work wholeheartedly to improve the party’s tally in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
“Work hard to better the results in 2022 state assembly elections than the landmark party victory in 2017,” Shah said while chairing the meeting of party’s poll managers to decide on the strategies ahead of assembly polls. He had set a target of winning over 300 seats again in the 2022 UP assembly elections at a recent meet with BJP leaders in Lucknow.
Earlier, Shah reached Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi on a two-day visit to a warm welcome with thousands of hoardings greeting him. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Union education minister and in-charge for UP election Dharmendra Pradhan, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma, BJP state president Swatantrata Dev Singh and other leaders welcomed Shah at LBSI Airport.
From the airport, Shah reached BHU helipad by chopper and garlanded the statue of varsity founder Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya at the university’s main gate in Lanka area. He then reached the Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Trade Facilitation Centre to participate in the meeting.
The party functionaries who attended the crucial meet included in-charges of all 403 assembly constituencies of the states besides the district and regional level leaders.
The BJP has roped in over 50 lakh party workers from booth level up to the state unit for making preparations for the 1.63 lakh polling booths in the state. Not only this, the party will also complete all the preparatory work at the organisational level, including meetings upto the level of ‘panna pramukh’ (voter list page in-charges) by November-end. Party national chief JP Nadda, Union home minister Amit Shah and Union defence minister Rajnath Singh will address the booth committees presidents on November 22 and 25.
These details were tabled by the Party’s state organising secretary Sunil Bansal before Shah and in-charge for UP and Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan, chief minister Yogi Adityanath and many other leaders at the meeting of party’s poll managers.
Bansal also collected details of the poll preparation related exercises from the party presidents of Kashi, Gorakhpur, Awadh, Kanpur, West and Braj region units in the initial session of the meeting, in which in-charges of 403 assembly areas were present.
He said, “Currently, over 50 lakh workers are busy in poll preparations of BJP in UP. The data of 49 lakh workers has also been compiled at the state office. The work of formation of committees for each of the 1,63,000 booths and 27,800 Shakti Kendras, which look after multiple booth committees, have also been completed.”
“The party will hold the convention of booth committee presidents of Gorakhpur and Kanpur region units on November 22. It will be addressed by the national president. The defence minister will address similar conventions for Awadh and Kashi regional units at Sitapur and Jaunpur on November 25. On the same day, Shah will be addressing the convention of such committees of West and Braj regional units. The conventions of booth level committees and in-charges, divisional units, in-charges of ‘shakti kendras’ and ‘panna pramukh’ will also be conducted by November-end,” Bansal said.
Bansal called upon the party cadres to take part in voter list revision process at each booth on November 21 and 27 and also in the on-going membership drive launched by Shah on October 29. The regional units were also assigned the task of holding conventions of teachers, ex-servicemen, lawyers, chaupals of women and labourers.
Earlier, mobilising the assembly area in charge and office-bearers from 98 district units, the party’s in-charge for UP Radhe Mohan Singh said that the work done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Yogi government for the poor, needy, deprived, Dalits and backwards apart from common man is being positively debated everywhere. The same work done for social welfare should be utilised to woo the voters.
He appealed to the partymen to change their daily routine as per the need of the party during election time to dedicate them for executing the programmes prepared by the organisation.
Apart from Shah, Pradhan and Yogi, Union minister Anurag Thakur, deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma were present on the dais. Many other Union and UP ministers and leaders, including Annapurna Devi, Shoba Karandalaje, Saroj Pandey, Arjunram Meghwal, Capt Abhimanyu Singh, Vivek Thakur, Sunil Oza, Sudhir Gupta, Pankaj Singh, Subrat Pathak and Mahesh Chand Srivastava were also present.
It is Shah’s second visit to the state within a fortnight. Earlier on October 29, he had launched a BJP membership drive in the state capital and made it clear that Adityanath would be the party’s chief ministerial face in the elections.




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