Gearing up to face erstwhile ally JD(U) as well as the Congress in the electoral contest next year,the Bihar BJP is banking on the skills of a corporate lawyer from Mumbai to ensure that a large number of youth support and join the party. Madhukeshwar Desai,25,the partys recently appointed national vice-president and in charge of its membership drive,has a role model in his own family. His great grandfather and late prime minister Morarji Desai led the Janata Party to victory against the Congress in 1977,when it was completely routed in Bihar.
Desai is confident that Chief Minister Narendra Modis Hoonkar rally in Patnas Gandhi Maidan on October 27 will be a huge success. We are going to every village and asking people to attend this rally. The largest rally that Gandhi Maidan has witnessed so far was addressed by Jayprakash Narayan and attended by two-and-a-half lakh people. I am sure that the crowd attending Modis rally will cross that figure. Bihar and Gujarat have historic ties. The Satyagraha movement was flagged off from Champaran in Bihar and Kheda in Gujarat by Mahatma Gandhi, he says.
Beginning this week,he has flagged off a membership drive across Bihar. Inaugurated the Jehanabad zilla Bihar membership drive today. We enrolled over a 100 youth in the first hour, Desai tweeted on Tuesday.
Desai says,Bihar is a big responsibility considering the size of the state which has 43 zillas. I plan to tour all the zillas within the next four weeks and mobilise the youth. Most of the youngsters who have joined the party during the membership drive are below the age of 25. On Monday,nearly 100 Muslim youths joined the party in Patna; most of them were aged below 25. After the JD(U)-BJP coalition split,there is a sense of betrayal among the youth in the state.
He hopes to mobilise around five lakh youths by September through fresh memberships of the BJYM.