Chariots to WiFi, BJP works to collect Uttar Pradesh voter feedback

Shah said the party would use this feedback to draft its ‘vision document’ that would be released ahead of the UP Assembly elections.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: November 13, 2016 8:35 am
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BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday launched ‘UP Ke Mann Ki Baat’, a campaign aimed at collecting “feedback”, in the form of grievances and suggestions, from voters. Shah said the party would use this feedback to draft its ‘vision document’ that would be released ahead of the UP Assembly elections.

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As part of the campaign, Shah flagged off 75 chariots, each of them painted in party colours and enabled with LED, GPS and WiFi. Over the next 45 days, these chariots will move through all 403 Assembly constituencies and interact with people. Talking to mediapersons, Shah said anyone can walk to the chariot and get his suggestions video-recorded. People can use WiFi to post their suggestions on social media and the campaign’s web portal. Also, people can take selfies with the huge cut-outs of Modi on each of these chariots.

Shah said more than 2,000 GPS-enabled motorcycles have also been engaged in the campaign. These vehicles, the BJP chief said, would go door-to-door to talk to people and collect their feedback.

The party will also put up ‘akanksha petis (drop-boxes)’ around 1,500 places across the state, where people can drop in a filled-up ‘akanksha patra (form)’, mentioning the area’s problems such as law and order, electricity and education, among others. These forms will be collected from all Assembly constituencies every two months.

The party has also launched a mobile number on which anyone can give a missed call and get a call back to record his suggestions. Shah said the campaign was aimed at knowing what the people expected of the BJP, adding that the party would draft an “agenda of development” on the basis of people’s suggestions.

He also said that during the campaign, the party would organise panchayats of farmers, women, Dalits, backwards and youths. Starting November 19, the party will hold more than 1,500 meetings in colleges in an attempt to connect with nearly 5 lakh youths across the state. Shah said the BJP’s chariots would soon move around college campuses and hostels too.

Shah also said the BJP has a “straight fight” with Samajwadi Party in the Assembly polls.