Mission 2019: Amit Shah’s three big messages to BJP cadre
His focus is on how the BJP brought out Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan out of the ‘Bimaru state’ status and was trying the same with Bihar till 2013.
In the middle of his 110-day countrywide tour that has taken him to 17 states so far, BJP president Amit Shah’s message is focused on such similies to hardsell his party and motivate BJP cadre to ensure the party’s return to power in 2019. People should choose BJP as it is different from other parties by keeping its internal democracy alive, its principles are taking the country on the right track, that BJP has a strong and decisive leader, and benefits of the government’s 106 welfare schemes will reach people properly if BJP is in power at both Centre and the states – these three points form the crux of Shah’s message to workers and people during his visits, including the recent one to UP, according to party insiders.
Shah’s priority is the comparison that BJP faces with Congress and family-run regional parties. Shah stresses during his tours that internal democracy is not alive in the Congress and the party cannot be expected to serve a democratic country anymore. He cites his own example repeatedly to say no one can predict who the next president of BJP will be while the succession chart is clear in Congress. He cites similar cases within the regional parties to say such parties have become family enterprises and the talented in their ranks have been side-lined. In one address in Lucknow, Shah significantly asked people to make party’s ‘internal democracy’ a criterion when they vote. This stems from BJP’s belief that youth in India at present has no charm for dynasty or family politics as practised by Congress, SP or RJD.
Shah’s second point has been that once a party comes to power, people should test how it is running the government. His focus is on how the BJP brought out Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan out of the ‘Bimaru state’ status and was trying the same with Bihar till 2013. Rattling off the names of 106 schemes launched by the Centre since 2014, Shah’s message to cadre and people is clear –the actual benefits of these schemes will only reach them if both the Centre and the states have BJP in power. Shah focuses on how the UPA government failed to give LPG connections to the poor, how it failed to bring toilets to the villages and how a policy paralysis gripped UPA. We got a chance to do all these because the Congress did not, Shah claimed in Lucknow.
Narendra Modi’s towering personality, BJP’s biggest USP, is Shah’s third big message. From surgical strikes to Modi’s decisiveness, his turning around of the economy from inherited growth rates of 4.4 per cent and absence of corruption taint in over three years on his government-form Shah’s most important message. His message to cadre is to take the feeling to people that while UPA reported scams worth Rs 12 lakh crore, non-BJP ruled states like West Bengal and Karnataka are the only ones still reporting ‘big scams’, party insiders told ET.
At a Lucknow event, Shah dwelt into history to say while Jan Sangh was born out of an idea to have alternative principles on how the country should progress, Congress under Jawaharlal Nehru took India on a wrong path that did not have the country’s ethos or the scent of its soil. Congress wanted new construction of India, we wanted re-construction of its glorious past that made it a sone ki chidia – that is the fundamental difference in our principles, Shah said.