BJP to concentrate on self-help groups

via Pioneer News Service | Kozhikode published on January 19, 2008

The BJP leadership meet held recently has decided that the party should concentrate more on issues, which are vital for the people. The party has also decided to work for the upliftment of the Dalits and the fishermen in the State. The party leadership has found that the self-help groups which are being promoted in a large manner was one answer for having a direct one to one contact with the people of the State.

The party leadership wants one of the three general secretaries to be in-charge of the project which can uplift the living conditions of grassroots workers and sympathisers and the party leadership feels that this section would strive for bringing close the rest of the people of the locality to increase the reach and depth of the party among the masses.

The BJP leadership has chalked out certain strategies in this issue with the immediate support of certain self-help groups to be in action and Kannur is the model district to be chosen by the party.

With the plastic ban in force in the State there is a section of the leaders who are of the opinion that promoting paper bags and jute bags which could turn into a major revenue earner for the members of these self-help groups.

The BJP knows that there were some attempts in Thalassery area some years back on a mission to work among the upliftment of the fishermen community and an NGO with RSS leanings had developed several self-help groups in the district along the coastal belt and had procured boats and other fishing equipments with the support of nationalised banks.

It is also learnt that the RSS leadership is also for some unique idea for the party to be among the masses in the grassroots level with productive and creative works.

With party leaders, PK Krishnadas and V Muraleedharan hailing from Kannur district, the party is all the more interested in developing the self-help groups in the district and thereby developing the party base. The BJP has a strong base in Kannur district and for that matter in the State but some internal bickering had led the party to descend in the previous elections but the present leadership wants the party to be in its old days of glory.

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