Narendra Modi ups ante but BJP poll panels inert

Narendra Modi

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has up-ped the ante against the Congress to mobilise support across the country, but the activities of 20 sub-committees, appointed in July to look into preparations for the 2014 elections, appear to be witnessing a lull.

There has been no visible activity from these committees at the BJP headquarters since September.

After Modi's elevation to prime ministerial candidate, the only visible action was launch of a website to collect suggestions from the public by the manifesto committee led by Murli Manohar Joshi, 13 days back. "It is a lull period," admitted a party leader and member of a sub-committee.

The sub-committees last met on August 1, when the party's Central Election Campaign Committee meeting was held. Several leaders told The Indian Express the sub-committees had held one or two meetings each until then. None could provide a concrete line of action firmed up by them. BJP had constituted 20 sub-committees to assist the Central campaign committee on July 19 under Modi, after he was declared the party's chief campaigner in June. Party chief Rajnath Singh and Modi chaired the meeting of all sub-committees on August 1.

Initially, these committees had shown a flurry of activity, with the IT-committee under MP Piyush Goyal starting with a workshop within a week (July 26) followed by initiatives of crowd sourcing by sub-committee on chargesheets, under Gop-inath Munde and Ravi Shankar Prasad (August 14) and sub-committee on people's participation under Dharmendra Pradhan (August 18). Since then, there has been little noise around activities of the committees.

The sub-committees were assigned to report to Rajnath Singh on September 29 in the wake of Modi's elevation mid-September to party's prime ministerial candidate. But Singh himself has been busy with organisational work.

"An overall meeting of all sub-committees will provide a momentum. It will push us all into a tight schedule to deliver," admitted a sub-committee member. Party leaders claim the work is likely to gain momentum after the Delhi elections in December.

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