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Amit Shah has a 19-point agenda to guide the BJP team in Karnataka

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The aim is to ensure the party has in place robust booth-wise teams armed with statistics and data on every voter’s political inclination.

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah has drafted a 19-point proforma for the 56 MPs and ministers from across India deployed to micro-manage the campaign for the 12 May Karnataka assembly election.

The team is expected to work in parallel to the party’s Karnataka unit, relatively neutral in its operations and feedback. The proforma seeks, among other things, details of constituency visits and booth-wise reports. The aim is to ensure the party has in place robust booth-wise teams armed with statistics and data on every voter’s political inclination, a mainstay of the BJP’s election campaigns since 2014.

“The parallel system, where these leaders would go and work in the poll-bound state, is the party chief’s strategy to get intelligence on every seat from the ground, from the people who are not directly associated with the state leaders,” a senior party leader said.

“Though Shah has his own team to assess the prospects of the party, this team of 56 leaders would prepare a set-up to give the party omniscient presence on every seat, booth-wise,” the leader added.

Shah arrived in the state Sunday for a three-day visit, during which he visited various districts to see whether the organisational set-up decreed by him was in place.

The 19-point proforma seeks/calls for:

  • Establishing ‘shakti kendras’, each of which oversees preparation in five to six booths, in all the 224 constituencies; appoint shakti kendra pramukhs.
  • Details of tours made in each constituency, including the number.
  • Details of number of booths in each assembly constituency; setting up of booth committees.
  • Setting up of a 12-member committee in each seat with SC/ST, minority, yuva and mahila members, which will tour the constituency and file booth-wise reports regularly with the party chief.
  • List of religious leaders, booth-wise.
  • Past election statistics.
  • List of defeated gram panchayat presidents.
  • List of key voters, beneficiaries of central government schemes, as well as those benefitted by BJP leaders.
  • Status of campaign graffiti.
  • Compilation of bikers’ list for rallies.
  • List of smartphone users for WhatsApp outreach.
  • Categorisation of booths as A, B, C — ‘A’ would comprise booths where the party hopes to get over 60 per cent of votes, ‘B’ where it considers 30-40 per cent of the votes assured, and ‘C’, where the prospects are lower.
  • List of panna pramukhs, who are volunteers given one page from the voters’ list and asked to follow up with each member of the electorate.
  • Local manifesto preparation, social media work shop.
  • Identification and listing of work done by Congress MLAs.

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