With an eye on 2024 polls, Nadda to embark on nationwide tour

 thehindu.com  11/22/2020 15:15:32  4

BJP on Sunday announced that party national president J.P. Nadda will be embarking on a 120-day nationwide tour to tone up the partys organisational machinery and in areas where the party hasnt done well in the past, with an eye on the 2024 general elections.

The tour is quite like the Vistarak tour undertaken by Mr. Naddas predecessor and Union Home Minister Amit Shah when the latter was party president. Mr. Shah had concentrated on 130 seats where the BJP had come second or never won polls, and in 2019 it was found that the party had won in 80 of those seats.

From Uttarakhand

BJP general secretary Arun Singh told reporters that Mr. Nadda will begin his yatra from Uttarakhand. December 5 is the likely date for the start of his tour.

Mr. Singh said Mr. Nadda would visit every State, hold virtual meetings with heads of all booth units, the smallest organisational entity in the party, and meet every MP and MLA of the organisation besides its senior leaders, including district chiefs, in each State. Mr Nadda will visit some booths to interact with ground workers, he added.

During the travel, he will also strategise with party leaders for strengthening the organisation in Lok Sabha seats and regions where the BJP did not win in the 2019 polls, he said.

With Assembly polls in four States  West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Assam  scheduled for the first half of next year, he will also review the partys preparedness for the elections, Mr. Singh said.

Mr. Nadda will spend an average of three days in big States and two in others.

BJP-ruled States will make presentations to Mr. Nadda on various aspects of their work, including implementation of the central government schemes and on to how to further raise awareness about them.

The party president will also be meeting allies of the BJP and hold public programmes and press conferences as well, Mr. Singh said.

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