GUWAHATI, Aug 29 - As the country heads towards the next General Elections in early 2019, the ruling BJP has stepped up appointment of �page in-charges� in the State as it seeks to reach out individually to each and every voter in Assam.
The party is also expected to chalk out its electioneering strategy for the Lok Sabha polls when its State executive meets over three days in Guwahati in mid-September.
�The process for appointment of page in-charges was stepped up this month. However, due to the sudden demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee we suspended all organisational activities for a period of one week. Now, the process has restarted. Appointment of page in-charges across Assam will be completed by September 27,� State BJP general secretary Dilip Saikia told The Assam Tribune today.
As per the concept of �page prabharis� or page in-charges, there will be one in-charge for each page of the voters� list and he or she will coordinate organisational activities with all voters of that particular page in the list. It is part of the saffron party�s strategy to penetrate to the micro-level.
Saikia said over 3.5 lakh page in-charges will be appointed across Assam.
�Assam has around two crore voters. Our target is to reach out to every one of them individually. The page in-charges will contact each voter in his or her list, get feedback from them, tell them about the schemes and projects of the NDA regimes at the Centre and in the State, spread the party�s message among them and try to bring new people into our fold,� said Saikia.
Conferences of newly appointed page in-charges will be held in all 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of Assam in October.
Meanwhile, State BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass is visiting various places across Assam to interact with the party cadres and the common people.
BJP sources said the focus is on further consolidating the organisational base in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
�Our central leadership has set a target to win at least 21 out of the total 25 Lok Sabha seats from the North East in 2019. The north-eastern region is crucial to somewhat make up for losses in seats that our party may suffer in other parts of India. Assam alone has 14 Lok Sabha constituencies and that means a heavy responsibility has been placed upon us by our national leaders,� said a State BJP office-bearer.
A three-day conference of the State BJP will be held in Guwahati on September 13-15. �Some crucial decisions regarding our strategy for the Lok Sabha polls are to be taken during the meeting. The three-day event will most likely lay down the roadmap for our party�s election campaign,� said a BJP source. It is noteworthy that the saffron party had won seven of the 14 Lok Sabha seats from Assam in the 2014 Parliamentary elections.