BJP to crowd­source its man­i­festo, forms 15 sub-com­mit­tees

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NEWDELHI: The rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will crowd­source its sankalp pa­tra, or man­i­festo, for the na­tional elec­tions. It will hold events across the coun­try over the next few months to get in­puts from dif­fer­ent sets of vot­ers for the pur­pose, ac­cord­ing to two BJP lead­ers.

Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh-led Man­i­festo Com­mit­tee of the BJP de­cided to form 15 sub­pan­els to reach out to the dif­fer­ent group of vot­ers at its first meet­ing at the party head­quar­ters in Delhi on Sun­day.

Amit Shah, the BJP chief, and the party’s gen­eral sec­re­tary, Ram Mad­hav, were among those who at­tended the meet­ing. “These [sub] com­mit­tees will hold di­a­logues with dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers and seek feed­back from them on what needs to be done after [Prime Min­is­ter] Naren­dra Modi’s gov­ern­ment re­turns to power,” Singh told re­porters after the meet­ing. He added some of these sug­ges­tions will be in­cluded in the BJP’s man­i­festo.

An­other Man­i­festo Com­mit­tee mem­ber said the sankalp pa­tra’s mak­ing will be a “big event”. He added sep­a­rate meet­ings with vot­ers like farm­ers, youths, women, busi­ness­men and oth­ers will be held in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions.

The mem­ber said the vot­ers would be told about the Modi gov­ern­ment’s achieve­ments over the last five years. He added

These [sub] com­mit­tees will hold di­a­logues with dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers and seek feed­back from them... RA­J­NATH SINGH, Union home min­is­ter

they would seek their ad­vice on what more needs to be done.

“The ac­tiv­ity on the ground will be sup­ple­mented with an on­line cam­paign to crowd­source sug­ges­tion on the mak­ing of the sankap pa­tra,” the leader said.

The 20-mem­ber Man­i­festo Com­mit­tee in­cludes Union min­is­ters like Arun Jait­ley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nir­mala Sithara­man, Thaawarc­hand Gehlot, Piyush Goyal, and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. It also has for­mer Mad­hya Pradesh chief min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Bi­har’s deputy chief min­is­ter Sushil Modi, his Ut­tar Pradesh coun­ter­part, Ke­shav Prasad Mau­rya, among its mem­bers.

The Man­i­festo Com­mit­tee was con­sti­tuted on Jan­uary 6.

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