BJP Goes in Full Election Mode as Number of COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

BJP state president Sanjay Jaiswal holding a press conference in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: Not to be discouraged by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic that has left at least 32 people dead in Bihar with nearly 6000 cases of the deadly disease, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is gearing up to launch its statewide campaign ahead of the state elections slated to be held later this year.

Barring a last-minute postponement of the election due to the social-distancing rule imposed by the Modi government and possibly imposition of the President's Rule in Bihar as some in the opposition expect the BJP to do to gain unfair electoral advantage, party state president Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal said that the Bihar BJP would launch a 3-day mass 'contact program' to take out the message of the Prime Minister to each village and block in the run up of the Assembly elections.

The campaign, a brainchild of Home Minister Amit Shah, involves three propaganda items, including a personal letter by the Prime Minister, to be hand-delivered to one crore people in villages by party leaders and booth-level workers, known as 'saptrishis', Jaiswal said at a press conference at party headquarters in Patna on Wednesday.

The propaganda packet will include a folder describing various achievements of the NDA government during the first year of the second term of Narendra Modi. It will, however, not talk about the COVID-19 or the effects of the prolonged lockdown that has tanked the economy while raising the unemployment figure to a new high.

The campaign will be kicked off by Dr. Jaiswal and Bankipur legislator Nitin Navin from Booth No. 19 in Anandpuri in Patna and run between June 11 and June 14.

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