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The ruling BJP’s much-hyped campaign to add hundreds of thousands of new members in Jharkhand seems to have run out of steam.

The Maha Sampark Abhiyaan in the state ended on July 31, during which 45 lakh potential members gave the Bharatiya Janata Party a missed call.

BJP activists were to go physically to the homes of such people and help them become active members.

Party insiders say most party workers failed to do that. According to informed sources in the party, the special campaign failed to add even 50 percent of the total target.

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Jharkhand BJP vice president Deepak Prakash said: “The Maha Sampark Abhiyan will continue. There was a special drive in July. We will achieve our target.

“There were many factors, including monsoon, because of which the party could not achieve the desired result,” he said.

But party insiders give a different account of what they say is the reality.

They said there were several reasons why BJP workers did not show the enthusiasm expected of them in the membership drive.

One common refrain is that although the BJP leads its first government with a legislative majority in the state, it has failed to recognize the contribution of workers and give them their due.

Moreover, the delay in constituting the boards and corporations has created resentment among party workers.

Many are also aggrieved that neither officials nor the government machinery listens to their problems.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das’ fiat that BJP workers should not be lobbying for party posts or seek transfers or postings of officials has not gone down well with the activists.

A senior party worker said on the condition of anonymity that there were no solid achievements of the BJP government over the past six months — in the areas of law and order, health, employment and more.

“The chief minister himself has apologised to the people for failing to improve the power scenario in the state,” the source added.

The lack of enthusiasm vis-a-vis Maha-Sampark Abhiyaan  is giving headaches to party leaders in the state as BJP president Amit Shah is very serious about it – and wants it to succeed at all costs.

He had told the state leadership in Kolkata last month to give “100 percent” to the drive.

 

(IANS)

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Karnataka Polls: BJP On The Way to Win, Congress May Get Hard Defeat

Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Polling did not take place in two constituencies on Saturday.

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A state of 60 million people, Karnataka is home to the Information Technology hub of Benguluru and was ruled by the BJP once before.
Congress may have to taste defeat in Karnataka, VOA

The BJP was on Tuesday set to return to power in its southern bastion Karnataka as its candidates crossed the half-way mark in vote count, stunning and ousting the ruling Congress and leaving the JD-S at the third spot.

Noisy celebrations broke out in party offices in Bengaluru, New Delhi and across Karnataka as Bharatiya Janata Party nominees were on the victory lap in 118 of the 222 constituencies which voted on Saturday.

This was a dramatic jump from the 40 seats the BJP won five years ago.

The Congress, desperate to retain power in the state amid shrinking appeal nationally, suffered major blows and was ahead only in 62 seats, with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah trailing in both the constituencies he contested: Badami and Chamundeshwari.

The Congress leader was way behind G.T Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal-Secular in Chamundeshwari, Election Commission officials said. And after leading initially, Siddaramaiah fell behind B.R. Sriramulu of the BJP in Badami.

In contrast, the BJP’s Chief Ministerial face B.S. Yeddyurappa was ahead of his Congress rival by more than 11,000 votes in Shikaripura.

Energy Minister and Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar said that the numbers indicated that his party was on the way out after five years in power.

Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Polling did not take place in two constituencies on Saturday.

The BJP was overjoyed. “We are in a jubilant mood because we have crossed the half-way mark. We are confident of winning,” spokesman S. Shantharam told IANS.

BJP activists and leaders celebrated noisily in both Bengaluru and New Delhi, waving party flags and shouting slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, their main vote-getter, and party President Amit Shah.

There were also celebrations outside the residence of Yeddyurappa, who has been Chief Minister earlier too.

Of the 2,654 candidates in the fray for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections, at least 883 are crorepatis and 645 have criminal cases against them, said two watchdogs after analysing their affidavits filed with the Election Commission (EC).
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The Janata Dal-Secular of former Prime Minister H.D. Dewe Gowda, which has been expected to play the role of a kingmaker in the event of a hung Assembly, was leading in 40 seats — the same number it won five years ago.

As the vote count progressed, BJP leaders became assertive, saying they were confident of taking power again in Karnataka while Congress leaders began to speak about the possibility of an alliance with the JD-S.

BJP leader and Union Minister Sadanand Gowda said that there was no question of any alliance.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar, who is in charge of Karnataka, met BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi.

Analysts said the BJP was leading in Lingayat dominated seats and the JD-S in Vokkaliga dominated areas.

Expectations of a BJP victory in Karnataka lifted the key Indian equity indices during the mid-morning trade session on Tuesday.

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According to market observers, broadly subdued Asian indices and disappointing macro-economic inflation data points released on Monday capped some gains.

Sector-wise, healthy buying was witnessed in banking, capital goods, metals, consumer durables and automobile stocks.

The Sensex has so far touched a high of 35,993.53 points and a low of 35,498.83 points during the intra-day trade. (IANS)

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