From six in the evening to 1 am, Shah meets different sections of society including local intellectuals, teachers, various activists’ groups, RSS members and party units, a senior BJP leader said.
It was 3 am by the time BJP President Amit Shah retired for the day. That night it got unusually late after a series of rallies and meetings, but he has not been sleeping before one am, said sources close to him.Shah was ready by seven in the morning for another round of meetings, another set of people and another rally. The sources said they have lost count of the number of nights Shah would have spent in Patna or district headquarters in the state.From six in the evening to 1 am, Shah meets different sections of society including local intellectuals, teachers, various activists’ groups, RSS members and party units, a senior BJP leader said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Not only has Shah got around a dozen union ministers involved in the Bihar election, delegating each a specific task, he has also brought in state units to work in various phases besides getting backward caste faces to accompany BJP leaders for rallies. Around a 150-strong team from Madhya Pradesh, under the leadership of Arvind Menon, the state’s organising secretary and RSS Pracharak, has been assigned to work in the fourth phase of the five-phased election. Party units from Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Chhattisgarh are also in Bihar.In the heat of a high stake battle for Bihar, Shah, known to be a strategist who keeps an eye on every detail, is leaving no stone unturned and no section ignored. He himself admits that in a state with complex politics, there was a lot more political awareness. “Because of this the voters cannot be misled,” he said, rushing between meetings.Shah is counting on the Bihar package, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘uneroded popularity’, Nitish Kumar joining hands with RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and Congress and the reaction of the Extremely Backward Castes to the grand alliance giving more tickets to Yadavs.But, on the ground he is relying on his organisational acumen, micromanaging right to the booth level.Party insiders admit that the state leaders have not demonstrated the kind of commitment that the Prime Minister and Shah have shown in the Bihar election. For Modi, it is crucial for more than one reason. After Delhi, the BJP would not like another defeat as it would be seen to be on the losing streak, the government would like a bipartisan Rajya Sabha to ensure passage of legislations and the foe before the NDA was Nitish Kumar.Shah divided the state into four parts and further 12 areas, each of which has two prabharis besides the prabharis in each of the 38 districts. The prabharis give feedback to Shah. Those who have worked with Shah say he gives a task and time and then calls when the deadline is over to seek the status report.Besides taking feedback on candidates, he meets them himself. “He generally listens and then decides what corrective measures to take and where to focus,” said the BJP leader.”My way of working depends on a particular state’s needs, which are different in every state,” Shah said.Confident about the third and fourth phase, Shah is preparing for the challenging fifth phase, which has a sizeable Muslim population, a party leader said , adding that it would be the most interesting and complex.
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