In a conversation with The New Indian Express, Telangana state BJP president K Laxman explains the recent changes in the party’s organisational structure.
HYDERABAD: BJP is known for its organisational strength and true to this, the diaries of its leaders are full till March next year with some sort of political activity everyday. “The day-wise and month-wise calender has been prepared. We have left no single day blank till March in State BJP’s diary,” K Laxman, state BJP president, informed. But, how is it possible? Laxman, in an interaction with Express editorial team on Friday, explained how the party organisation was strengthened in last two years after he assumed charge as the State BJP chief.
“Against the 31,700 polling booths in the State, BJP had set up booth committees for around 9,000 polling booths two years ago. Now, the party has formed 24,000 booth committees across the State. Each booth committee has 11 members. Besides, 10 members from SC, BC and women are being recruited now,” he explained. According to Laxman, these 21-member booth committees in all polling booths are responsible for around 800 to 1,000 voters in that respective booth.
In each polling booth, as per the voters’ list, one in-charge is appointed for each page of voters’ list. He is called Panna Pramukh (page in-charge) who will play a vital role in the upcoming elections. This is a tried and tested formula in all States where BJP won.
“We will also identify nine newly enrolled youth voters in each polling booth,” Laxman said while giving the credit of Panna Pramukh and bringing young voters to the party to BJP national president Amit Shah.
This apart, the party has also come up with Shakti Kendras (one person as in-charge for each four polling booth) to monitor the activities at polling booth level. So far, the party appointed 8,000 Shakti Kendras.
“Winning elections in Assembly segments or Lok Sabha seats is not what Amit Shah wants. We want to secure majority of votes at booth level. This will automatically make us win the constituency. That is why the rank and file of BJP is working at booth level,” he explained.
17 different committees
The BJP State committee has also formed 17 different committees for IT, social media, intellectuals and others. Each committee will work like a war room to contact voters, Laxman said. The party has also set up a control room in Hyderabad wherein IT experts are working.
‘Shah in TS on July 12’
Going by Laxman’s words, BJP national president Amit Shah is focussing on 120 Lok Sabha seats which BJP has never won in past, mainly in 2014. “Shah’s tours are being planned to undertake regular visits to these 120 seats. Of this, as many as 14 are in Telangana. He will come to the State on July 12,” Laxman said.