With just two months to go for assembly elections, the state BJP on Wednesday summoned 18 of its spokespersons for a meeting to instruct them on keeping their facts straight and up to date while interacting with the media. The aim, they said, was to project their candidates and party policies well before the voters.
Social media will also play a major role in the assembly elections. A team from the communication cell was also called along with the spokespersons so they can work in tandem.
BJP sources said that while the Lok Sabha elections were focused on prime minister Narendra Modi, the state elections will be focused on targeting the Democratic Front government's failure in the past 15 years.
"There will be no loose talks. We are focusing on internal strengthening and deciding on party policies. Around 18 spokespersons were present at the meeting inaugurated by general secretary Ravindra Bhusari. We are collecting data on the performance of the DF government in last 15 years. The points will be decided so as to ensure that unanimous statements are made during the election campaign. By August 29, the document will be ready," said a senior leader.
The spokespersons were asked to stay updated with all facts and figures regarding the subjects they are dealing with. "With barely 60 days left for elections, there's a lot to do. At times, one spokesperson may give one figure while another other may have slightly different information. The purpose of the meeting was to fine-tune those nitty-gritties," said the leader.
"Issues like increasing crimes, rapes, law and order, power shortage, education, water, infrastructure, farmer suicides and reservations need to be tackled," said Avdhoot Wagh, BJP leader.
After Sena's Shiv Bandhan comes BJP's NaMo Bandhan
What's in vogue among BJP workers in the city these days? A NaMo rakhi. Many are sporting the small, but distinctive metal bracelet with 'NaMo' engraved on it. On Wednesday, Ravindra Bhusari tied 'NaMo' rakhis for several party workers during the spokespersons' meet, the rakhi named so as to avoid charges of imitating Shiv Sena workers. "What's the harm if leaders distribute them among their respective area workers? It's a cool idea and we would like to wear the rakhis," said a party worker.