BJP turns to workers to select candidates for Haryana Assembly poll

Rattled by its below-par performance in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections wherein it won five seats and conceded an equal number of seats to the Congress, the BJP is turning to workers’ feedback to prepare the strategy and select candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections.

The BJP is set to organize the second state-level ‘mega meeting’ of party leaders from across Haryana to fine-tune its strategy for the Assembly elections. On June 29, the BJP held its first ‘mega meeting’ in Panchkula, where Home Minister Amit Shah declared that the party would go it alone under CM Saini.

To energize the party cadre for the forthcoming Assembly elections, the BJP is conducting district-level workers’ meetings. The feedback from these meetings will be used to prepare the election strategy.

The district-level meetings will conclude with a session at Jhajjar on July 11. Before that, meetings are scheduled to be held on July 10 at Rohtak and Hisar, the parliamentary constituencies where the party lost in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

Acknowledging a ‘disconnect’ between the leadership and workers, especially in the five Lok Sabha seats where the party faced defeats, a senior leader said concerted efforts are being made to establish a ‘connect’ with the workers through these district-level meetings. BJP state in-charge Satish Poonika is actively participating in these meetings to acclimatize himself with the ground reality.

The feedback from these meetings will be pivotal in discussions at a forthcoming state-level meeting to formulate the Assembly poll strategy. Along with party surveys on the winnability of different candidates, this feedback will be crucial for the final candidate selection, the party leader asserted.

Meanwhile, the party is expected to rely on its tried and tested ‘panna pramukh’ strategy for the Assembly elections. The ‘panna pramukh’ is a unique concept devised by the Saffron party, where a party leader is in charge of a ‘panna’ (page) of the electoral roll. This strategy aims to bring the maximum number of voters to the polling booth to vote for the party.