BJP designing “war room’s” ahead of Lok Sabha elections

New Delhi: The saffron party is carefully planning its moves to win the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019 with setting up ‘war rooms’ in each state to prepare for the elections and most of which have already become functional according to three party leaders who revealed the details.

These war rooms established in each state are named as ‘state contact centres’ are responsible to feed region-specific data to the central war room that was recently established BJP’s former headquarters on 11, Ashoka Road in Lutyens’ Delhi, HT reported.

“The war rooms in each state will be of different scale,” revealed BJP leader who wants to stay anonymous.

The leader also said that the party has carefully planned the setup of these war rooms in each state which will have certain specifics like a calling agent for every 500 ‘shakti kendra’ (cluster of 2-3 booths) chiefs; three data-entry operators and one supervisor, hardwares such as laptops, colour printer, server room, a workstation measuring 3×3-feet for every staff member and an Internet lease line of 10mbps speed; a meeting-cum-training room and a small cabin.

The access to these war rooms will be controlled by a biometrics attendance system he added.

These war rooms are designed to create a database of voters and share specially designed campaign material and the tour dates of senior leaders with them through email and social media.

“The idea behind a war room is threefold – decentralise ‘war room’ activities, reflect local flavour in the campaign, and keep track of each polling booth,” the BJP leader said.

One the party’s leader and also BJP state ruled CM on condition of anonymity said the party has instructed to make these war rooms functional by August 15.

These war rooms which will be creating a database of voters in the all states will later be used for the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh later this year apart from General elections.

The saffron party has previously secured a majoirty winning a total 172 million votes in 2014 against Congress who secured 107 million votes with over 550 million poeople voted across 930,000 polling stations.

Well, ‘war rooms’ are not new to the ‘saffron’ Party since the party has already set up similar war rooms in the past during LK Advani’s PM bid back in 2009.

“The central war room has already started working with about 300 persons, who are working on a 360-degree campaign for the next election,” the first BJP leader said.

Sidharth Mishra, professor at the Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies “BJP is a cadre based party since the Jan Sangh days. The volume of its operations have increased many fold as the party grew in size and expanded geographically. It has come so far because of a cadre based electoral strategy. It wants to grow further through a similar strategy.”