A three-day training camp of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rajasthan unit, which ended on Tuesday in Mount Abu, Sirohi district, focused on strengthening voting booths and Mandals (divisions) and empowering party workers to achieve victory in the 2023 State Assembly elections. Participants interacted with senior leaders during the event.
BJP National Chairman JP Nadda, who attended the camp on the final day, said the brainstorming to get the message of “success” from the Centre’s politicians to the masses and encourage voters to actively participate in the democratic process , would ensure the victory of partying. Mr. Nadda accused the Congress government in the state of failure on all fronts.
The camp rose to prominence amid allegations of BJP links to the killers of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur, as an embarrassed party struggled to respond to the accusation that one of the defendants was a member of its minority wing. Senior BJP leaders maintained a studied silence on the subject during the event.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot called on the BJP to “clean up” its connection with the accused, alleging the party also helped him in an earlier case. He said BJP leaders then pressured the police to drop the case, in which the landlord had filed a complaint against him for non-payment of rent.
“Even before the police could investigate the matter, BJP leaders started calling the owner and warned him not to disturb the accused as he was a party member,” Mr. Gehlot at a press conference in Jaipur on Monday.
Vasundhara Raje out
BJP State Chairman Satish Poonia, Opposition Leader Gulab Chand Kataria, Union Ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Kailash Choudhary and Arjun Ram Meghwal and BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh were among those who attended the camp. However, former chief minister Vasundhara Raje was conspicuously absent.
Mr Nadda claimed the BJP was the only party that held such “systematic and disciplined” training camps for its workers. “Deendayal Upadhyaya, the supporter of the ideology of integral humanism, had trained five MPs under a seven-day program. Former Vice President, the late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat was one of the trainees,” he said.
“Our party does not have the culture of passing the edict… We all work as volunteers. Party workers are our strength and training them is an ongoing process,” Nadda said. The BJP managed to maintain a balance between local and national interests, through which it continuously obtained the public mandate, he said.
Representatives of Scheduled Tribes in the Mewar Division presented a “letter of gratitude” to Mr Nadda, praising the BJP’s decision to field tribal leader Draupadi Murmu as the National Democratic Alliance candidate in the presidential elections.