The BJP has sent at least 24 UP leaders with an RSS background to Jammu and Kashmir to assess public opinion about the party, to appeal to people to vote for the BJP when the central government is headed by Narendra Modi, and to guide local party workers in election management.
These leaders have so far been given responsibility of 40 assembly constituencies, and will stay there until campaigning ends for the last of the five phases. Among these constituencies are Ramban, Kishtwar, Doda, Bhaderwah, Inderwal, Gulberg, Reasi, Chenani, Udhampur and Ramnagar.
A senior BJP leader said these leaders, with their experience of having worked in the RSS, are skilled in poll management and coordinating with workers. They include former MLAs Ramashish Rai and Udaibhan Singh, former MLC Satish Sharma, Bundelkhand regional general secretary Rajesh Singh Sengar, Braj regional vice-president Vipin Verma “David”, former Agra district president Pramod Gupta, youth wing national vice-president Shiv Bhushan Singh and party state spokesperson Chandra Mohan.
Shiv Bhushan Singh, Pramod Gupta and Ramashish Rai have gone into the BJP after working a long time with ABVP, the RSS student wing. Rajesh Singh Sengar had been an RSS pracharak and worked with Hindu Jagaran Manch in several districts, Vipin Verma and Chandra Mohan are from Swadeshi Jagran Manch, and Satish Sharma and Udaibhan Singh are RSS swayamsevaks.