At 25 ‘winnable’ Lok Sabha seats,BJP working out its caste math

After it launched a statewide programme to strengthen the party organisation in Uttar Pradesh,the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will pay attention to 25 Lok Sabha constituencies

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: July 17, 2013 4:03 am

After it launched a statewide programme to strengthen the party organisation in Uttar Pradesh,the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will pay attention to 25 Lok Sabha constituencies,which party leaders believe could be won by “some extra effort” in 2014.

The party’s state general secretaries will regularly camp in these districts and hold meetings of local leaders on organisational restructuring according to caste equations.

The party had lost the elections in 2009 at the 25 constituencies,which include 15 reserved seats,by a margin of 10,000 to 25,000 votes. The 10 general seats include Bareilly,Akbarpur,Deoria,Kushinagar,Gautam Buddha Nagar,Moradabad,Kairana,Lakhimpur,Kanpur and Farrukhabad.

The BJP had lost the election in Bareilly by a margin of 9,439 votes; Kairana by 14,496 votes and Kanpur by 18,909 votes in 2009.

There are 17 reserved Lok Sabha constituencies in UP,but the BJP will focus on only 15 of them as the other two — Agra and Bansgaon — fell in the party’s kitty in 2009.

“Some time or the other,we have won each of these 15 reserved seats. We are paying special attention there by holding regular meetings on organisational restructuring and analysing the caste equations,” said a party leader.

Sources said the party’s national general secretary Amit Shah has assigned the responsibility of these seats among four state general secretaries and has given them directives to visit these regularly,collect the feedback about current caste equations,reasons for defeat in the 2009 elections,steps needed to be taken to ensure win there in 2014 and set up the organisation at booth level according to local caste equations.

State general secretary Swatantradeo Singh has been asked to hold meetings in Akbarpur,Gautam Buddha Nagar,Moradabad and Kairana. Amit Singh alias Pankaj has been asked to look after Deoria and Kushinagar.

Devendra Singh Chauhan has been assigned the responsibility of Bareilly,Kanpur and Farrukhabad and Ramnath Kovind has been asked to focus on Lakhimpur.

These state general secretaries are holding meetings in these constituencies,setting up booth organisation and appointing a person from the local dominant caste as head of booths.

Swatantradeo,who recently held meetings in Moradabad and Gautam Buddha Nagar,said: “The Lok Sabha-level meetings would be completed in July. Further meetings will be held at mandal level and we will move to village level in these constituencies in September.”

Programmes of different wings and cells of the party would also be organised in these constituencies at booth level.

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