BJP workers asked to get at least 30 minority votes from each Muslim-dominated booth | India News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: With prominent non-BJP parties propping up the symbols of Hindutva in their poll pitch, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has silently launched a campaign to woo minority voters.
Unlike previous elections, the BJP workers have been given the target of ensuring support for the party from minority-dominated booths.
According to party functionaries, the move is different from previous elections when it remained limited to mere lip service. Party workers up to booth level have been assigned specific targets this time around.
As per a rough estimate, out of over 1.63 lakh booths, approximately 50,000 are the ones where minority votes swing results.
The presidents of these booths and senior BJP minority cell members have been asked to convince at least 15 voters each from their respective booths to support BJP candidates.
Sources told TOI that the directives have been issued by the secretary of UP BJP organization, Sunil Bansal. UP BJP minority cell president Basit Ali, however, claimed that the target to get at least 100 minority votes from each booth has been set this time.
“Nearly 30% of the beneficiaries of various schemes, including free ration distribution and houses for all, are from the minority community. The idea is to tap support from these beneficiaries through various outreach programmes,” Ali said.
He added that programmes would also be organised to win over intellectuals among Muslims and other minority communities.
A BJP leader said earlier the UP BJP minority cell did not have members till booth-level but this time the party has minority cell structure at the grass roots. Of the 50,000 booths identified to be minority-dominated, only 7,000-8,000 booths are yet to be constituted while the remaining have been formed and verified.
“This structure formation will help in reaching out to minority youths, women and beneficiaries of the schemes launched by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and Yogi Adityanath government in the state,” Basit Ali said.
While the presidents of most of the minority-dominated booths have been identified and entrusted with the target of convincing 15 voters in BJP’s favour, the process to identify senior minority cell members is on. They would also be given the target of ensuring at least 15 votes in favour of the BJP, sources said.
Sources said the BJP was making efforts to end the division of votes on the basis of caste and religion. They added that the party was trying to win the support of all, irrespective of caste and religion, in the name of welfare schemes.

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