BJP’s preparation for 2019 elections involves leader for each 543 Lok Sabha seat

New Delhi: To start its preparation for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is all set to deploy an in-charge for each of the 543 Lok Sabha segments and it will also set up an 11-member committee in every state, two party leaders said.

Known as ‘Prabhari’, these leaders will be from outside the Lok Sabha constituency which they will oversee, the first leader said.

As per reports, the 11-member panel will be called “Chunav Taiyari Toli” (election preparation group) and will look after 13 specific assignments related to the state, the second leader said.

This is the first time BJP has adopted this approach of appointing in charges, which the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has been following for years.

“We are getting ready for polls,” first leader said. “The earlier we start preparing, the better the understanding we will have of our strengths and weaknesses. The party intends to win in 2019 with a margin bigger than in 2014.”

“The Modi-Shah duo lay a great focus on organisational work,” the second leader said. “The entire exercise is to fine-tune the organisation for the next challenge.”

Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah has already started his tour of all states, with his visit to Chhattisgarh on June 10 and he is expected to cover all the states by the end of July to review the preparedness of each state unit for the general election.

As BJP anticipates trouble in some states with opposition parties such as the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the BSP in Uttar Pradesh and the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) coming together in Karnataka, it is inclined towards gaining first-mover advantage.

Each state unit has been asked to prepare a detailed report on relevant social issues, the political situation, the strategy of the opposition, the possibility of alliances, and the names of those who benefited from central schemes. The units have also been asked to check the backgrounds of those who intend to join the party in the coming months. These details need to be ready before Shah’s visits, the second leader said.

Apart from a Prabhari, each parliamentary constituency will also get a three-member social media team, a three-member team to engage with the media, a legal team of three, and a two-member team for monitoring the implementation of central and state schemes, the first leader said.

During his visits to different states, Shah will hold brainstorming sessions with the 11-member poll team, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh parivar, full-time volunteers engaged in expansion work and with the person in charge of those Lok Sabha seats in a state that the BJP could not win last time.

Each general secretary of the party has been assigned specific states to follow up on after Shah’s visit is over, the second leader said.