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BJP syllabus for facing the mike

Jamshedpur, Aug. 12: The BJP central leadership has set the tenor — and a syllabus — for state party leaders to brush up their oratorical skills and deliver speeches with panache.

It has sent a syllabus covering various aspects of personality development to the BJP’s Jharkhand unit with instructions to conduct training programmes, especially for MLAs.

BJP vice-president Karuna Shukla, spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman and TV personality and party member Smriti Irani will be conducting the sessions. Senior MLAs and party functionaries will also be roped in for the purpose.

The training sessions will be conducted by the state women’s wing and Kisan Morcha in the capital and in Maithon, Dhanbad (see box).

State BJP president Dineshanand Goswami said the first phase of training would cover MLAs, state office-bearers and district presidents while grassroots workers will go through a similar drill in the second. “The training sessions will be conducted as per the syllabus sent by the central leadership,” he told The Telegraph.

Interestingly, a faux pas by none other than Nitin Gadkari, during his speech in the run up to the recent Jamshedpur bypoll is still a talking point among district leaders. The BJP national president forgot the name of party candidate (Goswami) and also got wrong the names of some leaders sharing the dais.

A senior BJP leader conceded it was necessary to “enhance personalities” of those found wanting in the art of public speaking. “Some MLAs start stammering while facing a huge crowd. A wide section of leaders is also oblivious of the party ideology. The training sessions are aimed at ironing out these deficiencies,” he added.

Goswami added the sessions would essentially focus on the ideological aspects of the saffron brigade. “We want to drive home a message that the party ideology is supreme and every leader should be well-versed with it. Developing the personalities of our leaders is an important component,” he said.

The training sessions will include electoral management, mass contact, organisational and tour issues and the party’s vote percentage.

“Around 200 leaders will be enrolled in each session. We have a target to train 5,000 party workers by the end of 2011,” Goswami informed.

He added that emphasis would also be laid on collective decision-making. The state BJP chief admitted that most leaders in Jharkhand were not very aware of party ideology and the art of communication with the masses.

“The training sessions by experienced personalities could turn out to be meaningful for state leaders,” he added.

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