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Rajasthan elections 2018: Foot soldiers take over the poll battle

“There are over 51,000 booths and we have deployed at least 10 volunteers at every booth. Besides, candidates also bring volunteers to booths to facilitate the electoral process,” said Congress spokesperson Satyendra Raghav.

, ET Bureau|
Dec 07, 2018, 10.12 AM IST
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For BJP, Panna Pramukhs, the first point of contact for voters, are responsible for bringing 60 voters listed on his panna (page) to the booths.
JAIPUR: The action has shifted from the field to the booths as polling begins in the state on Friday. Both BJP and Congress have galvanised their foot soldiers, who have been given the responsibility to draw voters to the booths. BJP is banking on over 10 lakh panna pramukhs and volunteers while the Congress has implemented its “one-booth 10-youth” strategy to get people to vote. Volunteers may have to start work from 6 am as polling would take place between 8 am and 5 pm.

“There are over 51,000 booths and we have deployed at least 10 volunteers at every booth. Besides, candidates also bring volunteers to booths to facilitate the electoral process,” said Congress spokesperson Satyendra Raghav.

For BJP, Panna Pramukhs, the first point of contact for voters, are responsible for bringing 60 voters listed on his panna (page) to the booths. Since panna pramukhs are selected from the same locality, he is expected to know each and every voter there. The party has also arranged vehicles for pick-up and drop facilities for voters.

“We have given training to 20 panna pramukhs for each booth on how to motivate people to cast their votes. We have launched a mass contact drive under which panna pramukhs are meeting each and every voter in their locality. We are monitoring them on a daily basis,” said Rakesh, Jain, booth in charge, who monitors 20 panna pramukhs.

Political analysts believe that the battle is intense this time. BJP, which was lagging, has closed the gap in the past 10 days. “After high-pitch electioneering, BJP is back in the game. Now, the result would depend on effective booth management. BJP is known for better management. But this time, Congress has also worked seriously on this aspect,” said Rameshwar Dadhich, a political analyst.
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