By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 17: Enrollment through miscalls! The BJP was first to use this method with success. However, the Saffron party had to face the wrath of other parties, mainly the Congress and the AGP, which did say that ‘such a route to raise party membership is tantamount to misleading the people’. However, of late a section of Congress and AGP leaders has followed the BJP suit and sought support from the public through ‘miscalls’.
It is worth mentioning here that after its win in the last Lok Sabha elections, the BJP enrolled as many as 25 lakh new members though miscalls in the State, and the party is ready to fight this Assembly election riding on such a huge strength of membership.
It is seen that a number of Congress and AGP leaders have resorted to seek support from the public through miscall sent to Whatsapps.
State Forest Minister Etua Munda, Congress MLA Rekibuddin Ahmed, AGP MLA Keshab Mahanta and others have been found to have sent ‘miscalls’ to the public though the social media seeking public support. One of such miscalls reads ‘Let’s get connected on Whatsapp. Apor phonorpora … nomborot eta miscall deok. Apur phonot mor protitu message, post, VDO aru update direct paok. (Send a miscall from your Whatsapp to this number. Save this Whatsapp number. Get my every message, post, VDO and update directly).”
When contacted on this miscall concept, an Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) office-bearer said: “The APCC has no directive to any of its members to seek support from the public through miscalls. Some party leaders, ministers and MLAs have opted to take social media to seek support individually. We’ve nothing to say on that. However, there is a gulf of difference between the ‘miscalls’ issued by the BJP and ones being used by some of our ministers and MLAs. The BJP’s miscalls were intended to enroll people as party members, but that of the Congress leaders’ are for getting connected with the public.” When contacted on this issue, BJP’s state spokesperson Bijan Mohajan said: “The BJP is the largest political party with around 11 crore members in the world. Leaders are always followed. This happens globally. So anybody following the BJP is a tural phenomenon. The BJP is always followed by others.”