Ranchi, Aug. 31: The state BJP is banking on Gujarat chief minister and the party’s Prime Minister probable Narendra Modi to boost its prospect in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The state unit has requested the part stalwart to address a rally in Jharkhand anytime in post-Dussehra and pre-Diwali period.
The party’s core committee today discussed a host of measures, including Modi’s visit, to revive support base in Jharkhand. BJP national co-organisational secretary Saudan Singh, who arrived in Jharkhand on a two-day visit today, was also present. Saudan will attend another meeting of senior functionaries scheduled for tomorrow.
“Modi is the head of the BJP’s election campaign committee and is addressing rallies in every state. His visit will boost the party’s prospect,” former deputy CM and MLA Raghubar Das said.
Speaking to The Telegraph, state party vice-president Rakesh Prasad said, “Modiji, in principle, has given his consent. We will request him for a date after Dussehra and before Diwali.”
Sources said during the meeting with Saudan, the state unit suggested October 27 date but it was clashing with Modi’s proposed hunkar rally in Patna. Saudan asked the state leaders to work out some other date and send it to the party high command at the earliest. There were discussions on probable venue for the rally, too. While some favoured Ranchi, some others suggested Dumka.
Moreover, the core committee decided to prepare plans for all the Lok Sabha constituencies in Jharkhand. Saudan asked the state leadership to identify areas where the party’s position was weak. The state unit has also been asked to prepare a status report and submit to the central leadership at the earliest.
The party has been losing its ground since the last general elections, when it had won eight out of the 14 seats.
This time, the state leadership has been asked to prepare for 10-plus performance, which under present circumstances appears difficult.
“We are not sure about more than three seats if the elections are held immediately. We hope the situation will certainly change in our favour in the coming months. Then, Modi phenomenon will help mobilise OBC urban and young votes,” a senior leader said.