It seems the BJP leaders have realised the significance of every single vote after Congress stalwart CP Joshi’s defeat in 2008 Assembly elections. Joshi had lost the election by one vote then. For the Sunday’s counting, the BJP has made those workers its agents who don’t consume gutkha, paan-masala etc.
This will ensure that each agent remains alert and be seated on his seat and keeps an eye on counting of votes throughout the day. State BJP spokesperson Kailash Nath Bhatt said that during the feedback meetings held on Tuesday and Wednesday, party’s top brass had instructed its candidates to depute only those workers as agents during counting who don’t consume gutkha, paan-masala etc.
“Guidelines have been issued to all the candidates. The counting agent should not have any police case against him. He should not consume tobacco so that he could stick to his seat and keep an eye on counting throughout the day,” Bhatt added. “If a person consumes paan or gutkha, he might leave the premises to spit. We want agents who could remain on their seats throughout the counting,” he explained.
The candidates were also asked to train the agents in cross-checking EVM numbers, ensuring that postal ballots are counted before the EVM votes.
Meanwhile, the exit poll findings have infused enthusiasm and energy among the BJP workers.
Those leaders who were upset on not getting the ticket in the elections too have started frequenting the party office. Workers on Thursday were seen discussing which leader could get which ministry after the party comes to power.
When Malviya Nagar candidate Kalicharan Saraf reached the party office, the workers surrounded him and asked him to stake claim to education ministry. Saraf then tried to ‘escape’ from such discussions. General secretary, BJP state unit, Ramcharan Bohra and party’s Mahila Morcha president Suman Sharma too visited the party office on Thursday. Party workers surrounded them too.