‘Be poll-ready for anything can happen after December 9’

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday issued a poll alert by calling upon office-bearers of all its frontal organisations to get ready for Assembly polls.

At a daylong meeting of the office-bearers of all its eight morchas held in Bangalore — ahead of rebel leader B.S. Yeddyurappa’s proposed rally in Haveri on December 9 to mark his joining the Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) — the party leaders indicated that anything could happen after December 9. They wanted the frontal organisations, which play a key role in elections, to be poll-ready though the State Assembly’s tenure ends only in May.

According to sources, the leaders asked the morchas to take steps for activating the party cadre and to ensure that the morale of the party workers is not down due to Mr. Yeddyurappa’s preparations to quit the party. A series of programmes were chalked out at the meeting to activate the cadre.

Close on the heels of warning the legislators, Ministers and MPs, of disciplinary action if they attend the Haveri rally or identify themselves with the KJP, the BJP leaders also tried to build pressure on the elected representatives, through prominent party workers and leaders of front organisations, to desist from quitting the party. As part of this strategy, the party is trying to send a message to the fence-sitters that the prominent party workers and morcha leaders, who have worked hard for their poll success in their respective constituencies, would not only desist from following them, but will also work against them if they quit the party. The main aim is to isolate the BJP’s cadre, especially prominent grassroots workers, from the MLAs who may join the KJP, sources said.

Taking a cue from the party leadership, the office-bearers of the morchas reportedly told the meeting that they would make it clear to their respective MLAs that their loyalty to them would end once they quit the party fold.

The series of programmes that were drawn up at the meeting to activate the cadre included plans to hold district-level conventions of members of various morchas in January. The meeting also asked each of the morchas to hold separate State executive meetings soon after the Belgaum session of the legislature.

The morchas were also told to play an active role in the ongoing protests being staged against the failures of the UPA government.

Among the leaders who attended the meeting were Deputy Chief Ministers K.S. Eshwarappa and R. Ashok.

  • Aim is to isolate prominent grassroots workers from the fence sitters

  • Each morcha to hold separate State executive meeting after Belgaum session