BJP national president Amit Shah will visit Punjab in October to address BJP workers as part of the party’s preparations for the 2017 Assembly polls. Ahead of the party president’s visit, the state unit president, Vijay Sampla, convened meetings of booth workers throughout the state.
The workshops were held to educate and train workers for the upcoming Punjab polls. A senior party leader said the BJP leadership wants a message to be sent out loud and clear to the workers at the booth level that they should leave no stone unturned to ensure that SAD-BJP combine comes to power for the third consecutive time.
At the cutting edge of the party’s chain of command, the ground level workers of the BJP have lately been disheartened over the lukewarm preparations that the party was putting in for the polls. There had also been disenchantment over the treatment meted out to party workers by the alliance partners – Shiromani Akali Dal – and the party leadership has been apprised of this sentiment several times at many different forums.
As part of the reach-out programme to boost the morale of these workers, they were briefed about the major achievements of the state government during the past nine-and-a-half years and how the policies and projects of the SAD-BJP government had changed people’s lives in the state. The leadership also laid stress on the accomplishments of the Modi-led NDA regime at the Centre. The party workers were exhorted to lift their spirits and ensure that the awareness regarding these developmental works reaches each and every household in the state.
These BJP’s workshops were held assembly segment-wise in 23 assembly constituencies and district-wise in the remaining places. These workshops were held under the leadership of cabinet minister Anil Joshi, Gurdaspur MP Vinod Khanna and state party secretary Vineet Joshi in Pathankot, cabinet minister Madan Mohan Mittal and state BJP general secretary Manjeet Singh Rai in Amritsar (Urban, Bakshi Arora and state party secretary Archna Dutt in Amritsar (Rural), Narottam Dev Ratti and BJP Mahila Morcha chief Mona Jaiswal in Bhatinda (Rural), and cabinet minister Surjeet Singh Jiani and state party vice-president Harjeet Singh Grewal in Jalandhar(Urban) among other places.
The BJP leaders addressing these workshops are learnt to have stressed on the importance of party workers and asked them to preserve the massive goodwill the party had received after the 2014 general elections. According to a senior leader Ideas were also exchanged as to what strategy should be made and implemented keeping in mind the different mindsets and backgrounds of the voters.