Once the ongoing poll process is over in five states, BJP will shift its focus on Uttar Pradesh beginning with a meeting of booth unit presidents of Kanpur and Bundelkhand regions that party national president Amit Shah will address in Kanpur city on June 4. It will be first such meeting of Shah with UP’s booth level workers after taking charge as national president. The state goes to polls early next year.
The ruling Samajwadi Party’s stronghold areas, including Etawah, Kannauj and Auraiya, fall in Kanpur region.
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BJP leaders and booth unit presidents from nearly 50 Assembly constituencies of both Kanpur and Bundelkhand regions will attend the open-meeting at Palika Stadium in Arya Nagar Assembly segment of Kanpur city. Along with booth committee presidents, party has also invited district presidents, regional unit office bearers, local MPs and MLAs. A gathering of nearly 18,000 partymen is expected.
Kanpur region president Baal Chandra Mishra told The Indian Express that the meeting is very important in view of the 2017 Assembly polls. “Booth is party’s basic unit and mobilisation of booth level workers is very important for the party ahead of polls,” Mishra said.
There are about 10,000 booth units in Kanpur region.
According to party leaders, booth level workers play a very important role during canvassing and on the polling day too. They hold the responsibilities of popularising vision and agenda of the party among masses, invite them in election meetings, and appeal to them to turn out on polling date to cast their vote. Booth committee workers remain familiar with local political developments.
“The idea of booth committee was mooted by Amit Shah when he was general secretary in-charge of UP before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. His view is that a constituency could be won by winning booths. He had formed booth-level committees assigning workers the responsibility to conduct party programmes and tell voters about the party’s promises and achievements through door-to-door campaign. The formula helped in the Lok Sabha polls. Now we will contest with the same idea in 2017 Assembly polls,” said a party leader.
Bundelkhand region president Ram Ratan Kushwaha said that there are nearly 7,000 booth units and 19 Assembly segments in Bundelkhand. But, there is only one BJP MLA in the region — from Jhansi city. Kushwaha said that booth presidents in the meeting will be told about their tasks, responsibilities and strategies to ensure party’s victory at their booths.
For organisational purposes, BJP is going to merge Kanpur and Bundelkhand regions to form a bigger and single regional unit. The new entity will be called Bundelkhand region , but its centre will remain Kanpur, added sources.