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BJP to screen aspiring turncoats

Ranchi, July 6: A recharged state BJP has planned a series of strategies and campaigns across Jharkhand to keep up the momentum for the upcoming Vidhan Sabha polls after its landslide Lok Sabha victory.

While insiders claimed the state unit is trying to “poach” prominent faces from rival parties, other BJP leaders maintained that a number of Opposition leaders were themselves keen on coming on board, keeping in mind the party’s success in the Lok Sabha polls across the country.

A “tactical” BJP has formed a four-member committee, comprising state unit chief Ravindra Rai, former chief minister Arjun Munda, as well as senior leaders Raghubar Das and Sarayu Roy, to screen the genuine “applications”.

According to sources, a section of party leaders wants JVM chief Babulal Marandi to return to the BJP along with his supporters.

Munda opined that the BJP now had a unique opportunity to expand the party organisation all over the country and improve mutual bonding with like-minded forces. “For the first time in India, a party, other than the Congress, has formed the government at the Centre with an absolute majority. We need to make optimum utilisation of this golden opportunity,” he added.

But he clarified that there was no move to join hands with any party or to persuade any leader to join the BJP.

The state unit has also directed all its frontal organisations to step up efforts and hold regular booth committee meetings to mobilise party workers from the grassroots to the very top tiers.

The party’s Scheduled Caste (SC) wing will stage demonstrations in Daltonganj, while its youth outfit will take to the streets in Ramgarh and the state women BJP will launch a drive in Dhanbad.

These drives will start from July 22, one after another, to highlight specific issues concerning different segments of the society.

“Detailed programmes are being worked out. All BJP MLAs, MPs and senior leaders have been assigned specific tasks for the success of these drives,” said a senior party leader.

These focused drives apart, the state BJP is not planning any major movement in Jharkhand at the moment but stressing on strengthening the organisation.

State BJP’s chief training coordinator Ganesh Mishra said this was the ideal time to groom workers and prepare them for the coming Assembly elections just a few months away. “Monsoon, in particular, is a blessing in disguise. No major campaign is organised during this time, which can be used to strengthen the workforce and chalk out strategies,” he added.

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