Jharkhand BJP, which pulled off a spectacular victory over the Congress-led UPA in the recent Lok Sabha elections, wants to continue its winning streak and has, therefore, started preparing for Assembly elections due by the end of the year.
“Now, celebrations are over and we have the next target to achieve, that is the Assembly elections. Chief minister Raghubar Das, who spearheaded the Lok Sabha campaign in Jharkhand, is likely to set to hold a meeting on June 5 at his official residence. It will be attended by over 1,200 leaders and workers, MLAs and MPs from the state,” said a senior party leader.
He said Lok Sabha voting patterns will be discussed threadbare at the meeting.
“The BJP-led NDA won 12 of 14 seats. I believe that a micro-level analysis of votes at the booth level will be conducted. Booth level committees will be reorganised and strengthened. This exercise will give us a fair idea about the Assembly segments where we need to work,” the leader said.
Sources said the party’s poll performance in Khunti, Singhbhum and Rajmahal constituencies would be discussed threadbare.
In Khunti, the BJP’s Arjun Munda defeated his nearest Congress rival Kalicharan Munda by a margin of only 1,400 votes. The party trailed in the Khunti Assembly segment leading the central leadership to believe that sitting MLA Neelkanth Singh Munda, also rural development minister in the Das cabinet, has either lost the trust of voters or may have worked against the party to help his elder bother who was contesting on a Congress ticket.
In Singhbhum, state BJP president Laxman Gilua was defeated by the Congress, while in Rajmahal, the BJP could not make inroads into the stronghold of the JMM.
The BJP central leadership is understood to have directed all NDA MPs to spend time in their parliamentary constituencies to expedite development projects and, in the process, stay connected with local people.