New Delhi: Underlining its election mascot, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most talked about feature of being a ‘kaamdar (belonging to the working class),’ the BJP on Sunday formally launched a month long exercise themed—‘Bharat ke mann ki baat, Modi ke saath,’ seeking feedback and suggestions from 10 crore families, for its ‘sankalp patra (election manifesto)’ 2019 and called the exercise an example of a “participative democracy.”
The party, which often hurls the ‘kaamdar Vs naamdar (dynast)’ barb at the opposition, in particular the Congress, also launched a slogan and a title song—‘Kaam Kare Jo, Ummed Usi Se Ho (expectations are from someone who performs)’ to mark the occasion.
BJP president Amit Shah and party’s manifesto committee head and Union home minister Rajnath Singh, launched the exercise and also flagged off a rath, carrying a suggestion box, from the national capital.
Over 7,700 suggestion boxes will be put up at various sites and some on the 300 LED raths that will travel across the country as part of the exercise, which the BJP claimed is for constructing a ‘buland imaarat (strong building)’ for a ‘New India,’ whose “foundation” has been laid by the Modi led government in the last four and a half years.
Mr Modi also appealed to the people to participate in the exercise. He said the feedback will form “blueprint of our ‘Sankalp Patra’ for the 2019 elections.” He had also recently sought feedback through the NaMo app....