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BJP workers are going to extremes in Raebareli

Sources in the BJP said the party had sent a survey team exclusively for the seat, which had been stationed there for the past six months. Their job was to send in routine feedback at every step.

The party had also sent a key team of senior faces from the IT cell to develop stories and memes around Rahul Gandhi, sources said. The party’s infrastructure on the ground, including its booth committees and panna pramukhs, have been working on the seat for weeks, seeking votes through door-to-door campaigning, a leader involved in the process said.

Under Raebareli Lok Sabha constituency, there are five assembly segments: Bachhrawan reserved seat, Harchandpur, Rae Bareli, Sareni, Unchahar. In the last elections, four of these segments, with the exception of Rae Bareli, were won by the SP; and (then) Congress leader Aditi Singh won. Raebareli Singh soon joined the BJP.

Moreover, Unchahar lawmaker Manoj Pandey has since recently met Home Minister Amit Shah, and Shah even visited his house. BJP leaders said an agreement has been reached with Pandey.

Party leaders also said that Singh and the BJP candidate from the seat, Dinesh Singh, have been political rivals for some time, with both leaders having previously been in different parties. Singh, who was hoping for a ticket, was even seen campaigning hours before the ticket was announced. To stop the infighting, the BJP sent a senior face to keep them pacified, sources said.

“We have been firing on all cylinders and there is a real possibility that Congress will not have a single seat in Uttar Pradesh for the first time after Independence,” the leader quoted above said.