BJP strengthens it’s formulation; forms 17 groups for preparation for LS polls
Source :NewsBharati   Date :07-Jan-2019
 
 
 New Delhi, January 7: BJP President Amit Shah announced formation of 17 groups for the preparations of the Lok Sabha polls yesterday. The party appointed senior leaders Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley as the head of 20-member 'sankalp patra' (manifesto) committee and publicity wing respectively for the Lok Sabha polls.
 
Although, Home Minister Rajnath Singh will heading a 20 membered party’s manifesto, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rail Minister Piyush Goyal and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi are the members tasked with preparing the party’s manifesto.
 
“Union minister Nitin Gadkari will head a committee which will reach out to social and volunteer organisations while his Cabinet colleague Sushma Swaraj will head a group that will produce literature for the polls.”, the statement said.
 
Uttar Pradesh and Bihar deputy chief ministers- Keshav Prasad Maurya and Sushil Modi- party general secretaries Bhupender Yadav and Ram Madhav, former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane, former Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda are among the other members of the manifesto committee.
 
Ravi Shankar Prasad will head the party's media group while Union minister Prakash Javadekar will lead the wing which will organise meetings of intellectuals. All party's national spokespersons, which include it’s media head Anil Baluni and his deputy Sanjay Mayukh, will be part of its media committee to be headed by Prasad. The Lok Sabha polls are expected to be held in April-May with the BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a re-election.
 
“A committee will deal with "pravas" (tour) of party leaders, another with social media while a third group, whose 13 members include party general secretary Saroj Pandey, will reach out to beneficiaries of various government schemes.”, it added.
 
BJP vice-president Shyam Jaju and it’s information technology wing in-charge Amit Malviya are in the 13-member social media committee. The eight-member publicity wing members include Union ministers Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Mahesh Sharma, party general secretary Anil Jain, its Rajya Sabha MP and businessman Rajeev Chandrasekhar besides Goyal.
 
Shah also announced committees to deal with transportation, distribution of literature, Mann ki Baat, a monthly radio broadcast by the prime minister, and bike rally. “Part general secretary Arun Singh will look after the 'Mann ki Baat' committee and also the one tasked with spearheading the office works.”, asserted the statement.
 
“Bhupendra Yadav will be a key member of the committee which will deal with matters related to the Election Commission. In the run-up to the elections, Shah has made a host of appointments, including of in-charges and their associates for different states, to spearhead the party's campaign.”, it reported further.