Narendra Modi’s supporters paste stickers on a vehicle in Ranchi on Wednesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Ranchi, Oct. 16: The state BJP today released one lakh NaMo stickers in the capital, hoping the prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi would act as the adhesive in a party riddled by internal schisms.
With messages such as NaMo Mantra, Modi Lao Desh Bachao, Ranchi became the 36th Parliamentary constituency to join the sticker club that is trying to unleash a “Modi wave” on the move.
Top state party leaders are also conceptualising a Modi rally sometimes in the middle of December.
But this is where the BJP top brass in Jharkhand finds itself on shaky ground.
Plagued by a litany of woes, including dissent and discord, the party is left hoping that the Modi wave alone would help the party win at least 10 of 14 Parliamentary seats, but is fearful that the NaMo factor in itself wasn’t enough to pull off the miracle.
Ground assessments of the state BJP by two central emissaries — state party in-charge Rajendra Singh and senior RSS functionary Devanand Singh — revealed the newly appointed state president Ravindra Rai and his mentor and former chief minister Arjun Munda failed to carry the party along with them.
Senior leaders like Yashwant Sinha, Raghubar Das, Saryu Rai and likes have either decided to stay clear of the main discourse or have been shunted to the sidelines.
Party insiders confided that these two reports were submitted to central leadership sometimes during September. Rajendra Singh is learnt to be “displeased” with style of functioning of the state BJP president.
Rai was appointed as state boss in March this year as Arjun Munda wanted “his man” at the helm of affairs. But his appointment spurred a near revolt as he had no acceptability among partymen.
“He runs the party like a CEO who doesn’t listen to anyone,” a senior BJP leader said.
But today, NaMo took the centrestage. Noted Ranchi-based plastic surgeon Anant Sinha, an active BJP worker, released the stickers. “In December, 25,000 NaMo blankets will be distributed among the BPL. We have started recruiting 1,500 party workers as Modi Mitras,” Sanjay Seth, the in-charge of the programme, said.