Ruling BJP all set to emulate Gujarat model of bucking anti-incumbency

By M.K. Ashoka

Bengaluru, Jan 21 (IANS): With the Assembly elections in Karnataka drawing nearer, ruling BJP is leaving no stone unturned in its preparations.

The party, aiming to retain the power at any cost, has launched campaigning meticulously on ground as well as virtual platforms on lines of Gujarat.

The Gujarat model of reaching out to the common voter physically as well as on digital platforms, yielded good results in the state, and is now being implemented in Karnataka.

Political analysts explained that ruling BJP has already started aggressive campaigning in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited the state twice, and former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has stated that Prime Minister Modi will arrive in Shivamogga to inaugurate the airport in February.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has visited Mandya, considered as the bastion of JD-S, and sounded poll bugle. The party insiders say that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also start campaigning in the state soon.

BJP MP Saadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur had paid a visit to slain Bajrang Dal activist Harsha's house and addressing a public rally, she issued a controversial statement while talking about protection of Hindu girls and women.

Apart from roping in national mass leaders, the party is making meticulous planning towards reaching out to every voter. Kota Srinivas Poojari, the minister for Social Welfare has said that the BJP has formed 51,872 booth committees, while 13,21,792 'Page Pramukhs' are being appointed.

"We have created 50,260 WhatsApp groups and the party flags have been hoisted on 32.83 lakh houses in the state. The drive was conducted with the 15,93,848 party workers," Poojari elaborated.

BJP State General Secretary Mahesh Tenginakayi has said that Home Minister Amit Shah has laid out plans at the booth level to ensure the party's victory. "We have a mission to win 150 seats. We will achieve it. Along with establishing contacts by reaching to the doorsteps, plans are being made to touch the hearts of people," he asserted.

N.R. Ramesh, BJP Bengaluru South President, explained that the party is different from other national and regional parties. "Our organisation is different," he said.

"There are 58,000 booths in Karnataka and 8,600 booths in Bengaluru. The party has a 12-member team for every booth. These members will have a WhatsApp group of voters. The policies and programmes of Prime Minister Modi, achievements of former Chief Minister Yediyurappa, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai would be communicated to them," he said.

All booths in Bengaluru, including 550 booths where Muslims are in majority, are being covered. In the entire state, in 58,000 booths, the booth committees are made for 54,000 booths, Ramesh added.

Apart from this, 'Page Pramukhs' are appointed on the basis of voters' list. BJP voters will be identified and page pramukhs are asked to contact eight to 12 houses for about 40 to 50 times. They will communicate to voters about the government's programmes and help them to get benefits of Union and state governments' programmes, he said.

The 'Page Pramukh' drive was conducted from January 2 to January 12.

When asked about the anti-incumbency factor, Ramesh Said that people very well know about "how false and fake cases are lodged on BJP workers, how internal security was challenged, how cases were withdrawn on terror suspects and how Tipu Jayanthi was thrusted on Muslim community".

Under Kisan Samman Yojna, which was launched in 2016, only 17 beneficiaries were added when the Congress and JD-S coalition government was in power. After Yediyurappa took over, the number of beneficiaries rose to 10,000. Now, the 44 lakh farmers in the state are beneficiaries under the scheme, he claimed.

"People have observed the statements by Congress leaders regarding the cooker bomb blast case in Mangaluru and Rahul Gandhi's statements about demonetisation. There is no question of anti-incumbency," Ramesh asserted.







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  • Alfria, Manglore/Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 22 2023

    If he wants everything in gujrat style than let him quit and make way for a gujrati to become a chief minister the way things are moving in karnataka will not be surprised if gujrati becomes a chief minister.

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Sun, Jan 22 2023

    Karnataka will be sold to chor gujjus one day....If they still vote bjpee...feku model...looti model.. 😂😆

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 22 2023

    Karnataka was doing well with its own model until Gujju Bhai arrived on the scene with Gujarat model. Bomma runs every two days to Delhi for Gujju consultation as he cannot decide anything for himself. They are interfering with everything including education, spoken language of Karnataka and 40% commission. Do we need Gujrat model?.

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Sun, Jan 22 2023

    Gujarat model target minorities and garner votes, absolutely no developments.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 22 2023

    In the Gujarat model 50% of sitting mlas were not given tickers, who is the "bali ka bakra " here...

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Sun, Jan 22 2023

    Sir Monty saab ji, what is "Ticker"? And these ticks connected to election saab ji ? Galat likhne se poore ke poore ankh minus kar diya jaayegaaa..... ---zero par he aap...🤣🤣🤣

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 22 2023

    Before the candidate list is finalized, a "tick" mark is put against the name in the list of prospective candidates (don't conphuse with ticks that are blood sucking insects though politicians also do the same ), so 50% did not reach the "ticker" stage, in the next round from among the "tickers" tickets are given. Baat samaj me aayi? It's not similar to "blue tick " on Twitter, for that you have to contact Elon Musk...

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Sun, Jan 22 2023

    😳😳😳😳😳😳☝.....aayi aaayi re chitti aayi.....

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  • Jossey saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sun, Jan 22 2023

    Karnataka is Educated ...

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Sun, Jan 22 2023

    Educated settled in foreign countries . Rest uneducated and die hard communals .

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  • SK Hegde, Karkala

    Sun, Jan 22 2023

    My take is BJP will form the govt with good majority i.e. 120-135 seats this time.

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  • KRISHNA SHENOY, moodbidri/mumbai

    Sun, Jan 22 2023

    The people who voted him are feel ashamed of this peteel Now this district is not at all educated peoples dist .. Thanks to andh bhakts ...

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sun, Jan 22 2023

    already most of the businesses and govt contracts are given to gujjus in karnataka as the nagpur gulamas are ruling...if these people win next doubt the saying will go right..

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 22 2023

    So make karnataka people Gujju Gulamas

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 21 2023

    Your ‘Gujrat Model’ is like collapsed Morbi bridge holds good only till elections and collapses once the results are out. Your minsters have already disclosed your party election manifesto that developments are not important but chaos and violence are very important.

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