Instead of celebrations to mark three years of the BJP-led government in Maharashtra, the party has started a door-to-door campaign to spread awareness about its policies and projects. The Devendra Fadnavis government completed three years on October 31. A BJP source said: “In a departure from the past, when the party organised mega celebrations, the BJP leaders have decided to mobilise the cadre to project the policies and projects through a door-to-door campaign across rural and urban Maharashtra.”
A BJP functionary said: “In each booth, we are trying to have 50 dedicated workers. Each worker would be assigned the areas with number of families they need to reach. The exercise will be uniform, both in urban and rural areas.” A senior BJP functionary, who is part of the team, said: “Our focus is on micro and not macro-management. Therefore, the thrust would be on smaller corner meetings to extend communication with the people.” He explained: “To negate the discontent or doubts about demonestisation and the Goods and Services Tax, the cadre will reach individuals to explain the stated objective and its impact in combating corruption in the long run.” Feedback would be taken from people to facilitate course corrections where necessary, an official observed.
Among the works related to the Maharashtra government that would be projected are, farm loan waiver, Jalyukta Shivar, digitisation of 29,000 gram panchayats, 22 lakh houses for rural (12 lakh) and urban (10 lakh) areas, and reforms in agriculture, including group farming and farm ponds. The Rs 46,000 crore Nagpur-Mumbai Supercommunication Expressway (Samruddhi Corridor) to transform growth in 24 districts of the state is also high on the agenda. BJP workers would also counter criticism from political rivals on the farm loan waiver. They would highlight how, unlike during the Congress-NCP regime, the digital process adopted by the present government will ensure that the money gets credited directly to the account of farmers. They would argue that in 2008-09, loan waiver of Rs 4,008 crore took 18 months, whereas, the present waiver started in four months.