BHUBANESWAR: BJP president Amit Shah will hold a series of closed-door meetings with party’s state leaders and cadre during his day-long visit here on Sunday.
With the assembly and Lok Sabha elections scheduled next year, the BJP chief will review the party’s preparedness in the state where the party is eyeing at least 120 out of the 147 assembly seats.
Apart from holding discussions with state office-bearers, members of the 11-member parliamentary management committee, youth, women and student wings, Amit Shah will also meet grassroots workers — two members drawn from each of the 1200 panchayats in the three Lok Sabha seats of Bhubaneswar, Puri and Cuttack, BJP state vice-president Sameer Mohanty said.
In April, when Amit Shah had last visited the state, he had started the process of interacting with panchayat-level workers from three Lok Sabha seats at one go to ensure formation of booth-level committees and get a data base of supporters with smart phones at the booth level. He had held similar meetings with workers of Kalahandi, Balangir and Nabrangpur LS seats on April 4 and 5. The BJP boss intends to cover all 21 Lok Sabha constituencies within the the next few months, party insiders said.
The BJP chief is scheduled to have a session with the party’s cyber army, the group of around 300 tech-savvy youths who work from the party’s state headquarters here, sources said. He will also hold a meeting with the vistaraks, around 130 volunteers whose job is to collect political feedback on the ground.