The Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) has decided to unfurl the tricolour in each village of the state, to reconnect with its voters ahead of the local body elections in its newest initiative ‘Navsarjan Gujarat’.
President of the GPCC Bharatsinh Solanki, addressed 400 selected workers from across the state at the “Navsarjan Training camp” organised earlier this week where he exhorted its women’s wing to conduct ‘janta raids’ on liquor and gambling dens. The camp also trained leaders on effective public speaking.
The leadership feels that most of the young party workers are not efficient in making good speeches to impress upon people.
The “Janata raids” at liquor and gambling dens have been planned across the state from August 9 to 15. Solanki told the workers at the camp that liquor and gambling were affecting women the most as it was they who had to suffer because of alcoholism and gambling which men indulged in, leading to financial instability in middle class families.
Solanki also asked its leaders to organise public functions for unfurling of the national flag in each and every village to connect with the people.
Talking to The Indian Express, state women’s wing president Sonalben Patel said that her party workers would be cornering the state BJP governmen on these two issues.“While there is a ban on liquor and gambling is a crime, yet the two vices are widely prevalent all over the state every where from big towns and cities to the smallest of the villages”, said Patel.
She said that the two vices were affecting health of the poor people and causing financial problems in families.
“The two vices are also responsible for most of the domestic violence against women”, said Sonalben, adding that “BJP has failed to protect the interest of the women despite making claims when it comes to family values”.
She said that after August 15, she was going to organise exclusive training camps for women from district to taluka level in which they would be given tips about making effective speeches so as to connect with the people.
Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Shankersinh Vaghela, speaking at the camp, asked the workers to prepare themselves well before going to make speeches. He said that a leader could impress the people only if he was well prepared and talked about the specific issues relevant to the people in his speech.
Simply beating about the bush, he said, would not do because of increasing awareness among the people due to information explosion through newspapers, televison and internet.