Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Varanasi to address almost 32,000 party workers on December 22.
Party insiders say it will be the first organisational meeting being held by Modi in Uttar Pradesh where he will be interacting directly with workers of BJP’s 1700 booth-level committees falling in five assembly segments – Varanasi North, Varanasi South, Varanasi Cantonment, Sevapuri and Rohaniya. The programme is tentatively scheduled to be held at the DLW ground.
BJP, in the 2012 Assembly elections, had lost Sevapuri to Samajwadi Party and Rohaniya to Apna Dal’s Anupriya Patel. Anupriya fielded her mother Krishna Patel in 2014 by-election after she got elected to Lok Sabha from Mirzapur with alliance of BJP, but SP won Rohaniya seat too in the by-poll.
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BJP now wants to ensure win on all five seats in PM’s constituency in 2017 assembly elections. According to party leaders, each booth committee with 21 members including booth presidents along with sector coordinator, sector in-charge and other leaders of the state will be present in the PM’s meeting. “It will not be possible for PM to speak to all the booth workers. It is expected that PM will address them and later could interact with a few of workers,” said a BJP leader.
BJP state vice-president Rakesh Trivedi, who belongs to Varanasi, said that direct communication with booth committee members shows the concern of the PM about the party’s organisation. “Workers are excited for the meeting which will raise their morale and it will also help BJP in winning Assembly elections,” Trivedi said. BJP’s Kashi region spokesperson Sanjay Bhardwaj said the meeting will be very important for the party ahead of Assembly elections. “Narendra Modi ji will probably be the first Prime Minister who will interact with booth level workers in his Lok Sabha constituency. It will give a positive message and raise the morale of the party workers across the state,” he added.
“PM’s programme of interaction with workers of his constituency will be an example for other MPs of the party. Party has already directed all MPs to spend maximum time in their constituencies, hold meetings and ensure that public get benefits of Centre’s welfare scheme. But, only few MPs are following the directive,” said a party leader.