It was a full house at Chamaraju Kalyanmandir in Jayanagar on Sunday morning as over 1,000 professionals – engineers, doctors, chartered accountants, lawyers and students – turned up for the ‘Friends of BJP’ conclave to chalk out strategies to achieve their mission of seeing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi the next Prime Minister.
‘Friends of BJP,’ the group of BJP supporters in social media, pledged to dedicate their weekends for the next 200 days towards ‘Mission 272+’, to work for getting absolute majority for the BJP on its own to form the next government at the Centre.
Members of the Friends of BJP pledged that they would go to villages to meet voters and convince them about the need to vote for the BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections. The group will enrol new people into the voters’ list, organise group discussions to highlight the failures of the UPA government, utilise social media to reach out to millions of voters with messages and explain voters as to why Modi is the right choice for the Prime Minister’s post under the prevailing circumstances.
BJP national treasurer Piyush Goyal, who inaugurated the convention, and BJP national general secretary Ananth Kumar highlighted Modi’s vision for the nation. They said it was not beyond the capability of the BJP to get a majority on its own if the ‘Friends of BJP’ members believed in Modi’s punch line “yes we can, yes we will.”
The political convention had more of a corporate boardroom touch as the gathering was highly educated, with most of those attending being white-collar professionals.
A Power Point presentation by Amit Malaviya, national co-convener of ‘Friends of BJP,’ explained in detail about the total votes polled by the BJP in the last Lok Sabha elections. He highlighted that in about 100 Lok Sabha constituencies where the party came second, it had lost with a margin of below 50,000 votes.
However, it was a short film on Narendra Modi’s vision, achievements and selected speeches that sent the adrenalin soaring. The clip featuring an argument between Modi and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh over the Gujarat riots had the audience in raptures and they clapped and whistled in support of Modi.