Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, told party Member of Parliaments (MPs) to launch an aggressive campaign for the upcoming general election in their respective areas. Modi was speaking to BJP MPs over dinner at the party's headquarters in the capital on Tuesday.
Modi's dinner talk with party MPs came just before the final session of the 15th Parliament ahead of the general election in April-May. Members are expected to go back to their constituencies and start election campaigning after the session ends on February 21. The PM candidate briefed and discussed the party's campaign with MPs from both the houses of Parliament and senior leaders who attended the dinner.
According to one MP who spoke on condition of anonymity, Modi suggested that the BJP try to involve people by launching public movement on issues related to people. "During interaction with the party's MPs, he explained the work that needs to be done to strengthen the party on the ground before the Lok Sabha polls. He (Modi) suggested that the party should launch an aggressive campaign to highlight the misdeeds of the Congress-led UPA government during the last 10 years," the MP said.
During the interaction, one of the MPs suggested that the BJP should focus on youth and college students and try to get them under its fold. "Special enrollment and registration drives should be launched for the youth and college students as they are key," he said.
Another suggestion that came forward was to give the youth enough share in ticket distribution. "India is one of the youngest countries in the world with a large number of population under 35. Enough tickets to young leaders will help the party to make an in-road in this huge votebank," another MP who attended the dinner party said, also on condition of anonymity. Apart from the youth, BJP MPs also sought proper representation for dalits to increase the party's vote share in the Hindi heartland.