BJP cadres try to catch up with Red army

AGARTALA: For the primary time in its history, Tripura is witnessing a direct battle between two cadre-based events - CPM and BJP - for the impending assembly election. While the Left has a powerful organizational base comprising around 89,000 cadres, BJP has drafted in hundreds of its volunteers from the neighbouring state of Assam to tackle CPM. The strategies followed by the cadres of those two events are, alternatively, a find out about in stark contrast.
The Left's cadre base is home-grown, and it has received the check of time, preserving the pink flag flying in the state for decades now. Their strategies are very other from that of the BJP, with a firm trust in age-old, conventional ways of maintaining meetings and processions at the micro level and door-to-door campaigning.

BJP's love for era, on the other hand, is evident in the state and across the nation. The main weapons of the cadres of the saffron birthday party are social media platforms where catchy pro-BJP, anti-Left slogans and cartoons bombard the subscribers who're most commonly from the younger era. The birthday party additionally has a call centre to send out messages and receive feedback from citizens.

BJP observer for the state Sunil Deodhar minces no phrases in accepting that the main organizational work of the birthday party in the state came about simplest three years in the past. But the formative years and energy of the cadres make up for his or her lack of revel in. "Their (CPM) cadres are old and frustrated, while ours are new and have a spark to bring in change and take the state to new heights of development. This is the first time that CPM is facing another cadre-based party in the state and so it is becoming tougher for them," Deodhar stated.

He added that BJP has greater than 100 registered energetic participants on Facebook and Whatsapp and their total followers on these boards is around 40,000. At Deogarh's rented condominium in Agartala, there are two control rooms, provided with desktops, printers, scanners with multiple internet connections - a backup measure if one line goes down - which might be manned by specialists.

Apart from their social media warriors, BJP may be adopting some of its micro-level strategies that they've attempted in Gujarat. "These cadres are called 'pristha pramukh' (as opposed to 'panna pramukh' as they are known elsewhere), with one man responsible for every page of the electoral roll and his job is to reach out to the 60 voters listed on the page allotted to him," Deodhar stated. Tripura's electoral rolls run into 48,000 pages which is a fair estimate of the choice of cadres BJP have drafted on this time.


But BJP's way of 'e-outreach' seems to lag in the back of the extra orthodox ways practised by the CPM. At leader minister Manik Sarkar's Dhanpur constituency, much prior to Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off his marketing campaign on Thursday, CPM cadres had already painted the world pink. "CPM cadres have been on the ground campaigning for a year now. They are now on their second round of door-to-door campaigning while people from the BJP are yet to arrive at our doorstep," stated Shankar Sarkar, a young voter of Dhanpur.


Narayan Debnath, some other younger voter, appeared to echo him. "Facebook is alive with BJP campaigns but where are the people from the BJP? They all seem invisible and I don't want to believe in someone without at least seeing his face," he stated.


Left Front convenor and CPM state secretary Bijan Dhar stated, "Our cadres are our backbone. There has been some erosion but they (BJP) cannot break our top leadership." Dhar is not unaware of BJP's social media onslaught but prefers to shrug it off as a mere issue. "Who are these people who are operating BJP's social media network? Most of them are young boys and girls - still studying or working professionals - who live outside the state. They are the new generation who are educated but do not know much about their state's past history," Dhar added.


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