Jagdalpur/Raipur (Chhattisgarh), The BJP chief Amit Shah on Saturday said single biggest reason for BJP to win elections after elections since 2014 is the immense hard work and dedication of booth level workers and wondered how the Congress party which gets busy with making fake CDs will even have the courage to face the electorate and ask for votes.
“I am often asked how BJP is managing the election victories one after the other. I say it is due to the workers and more the booth level workers,” he said.
Mr Shah on Saturday visited Jagdalpur, the administrative headquarters of Bastar district, accompanying Chief Minister Raman Singh. Both the leaders also offered puja at the famous 14th century Danteshwari temple situated in Dantewada, a known Maoist infested region and a town situated 80 km from Jagdalpur.
The meeting of BJP workers at Jagdalpur with party president Amit Shah is considered quite significant as there is a section in the saffron party that wants to field Chief Minister Raman Singh from Jagdalpur.
In fact, this message is largely shared by BJP workers in Rajnandgaon – the assembly segment at present represented by the Chief Minister. “We are all for Raman Singh as our MLA in Rajnandgaon, but there are talks that he may contest from Jagdalpur. It will be a good decision for Jagdalpur and Bastar region,” a BJP office bearer told agencies at Rajnandgaon.
The Congress party too has been taken to believe that Mr Raman Singh could contest from Jagdalpur as a second seat. “We have heard the talk in the town and hence we will field a suitable candidate and a strong candidate wherever the Chief Minister will contest,” a Congress leader said in Raipur.
“Congress candidates for 17 seats have been finalised for the first phase of Chhattisgarh assembly elections. One seat of Rajnandgaon, the constituency of Raman Singh, has been put on hold,” senior Congress leader TS Singhdeo merely said.
Exhorting the party workers to rededicate themselves in the service of the party, Mr Amit Shah recalled that way back in 1982 – he was also a booth in charge of booth No. 293 (in Ahmedabad) and today he is leading the world’s largest party as its national president.
In this context, he went onto say: “Amongst you anyone sitting in front of me can become the president of our party tomorrow”.
“In fact, Rahul Gandhi should listen that any mere worker sitting in front of me can become the BJP president tomorrow,” he said.
Mr Shah spoke highly about the Chief Minister Raman Singh and described him as one of the most successful Chief Ministers in the country.
The BJP chief said not only the Raman Singh regime thrived in bringing about developments in Chhattisgarh and more so in this region, as Chief Minister Raman Singh led an administration that fought the Naxal menace tooth and nail and drove away many Maoist cadres either towards neighbouring Odisha or Andhra Pradesh.
The Naxal menace is near finished and if BJP government comes to power, it will be taken to the logical conclusion by eradicating the menace totally.
“Today in Bastar region, we do not find a village where electricity has not reached,” he said and also referred to the achievements like setting up of medical college.He said in fact Bastar is today emerging as an education hub.