The intense campaign engineered by former BJP general secretary K N Govindacharya, who is known as a `master brain’ behind BJP’s growth into earlier unknown sections of the population in this area, is feared to upset BJP’s prospects this time.
Govindacharya is though marginalised by Sangh Parivar with out any official assignment, is know of having vast contacts in these states and he is having admirers in almost all political parties, including RSS and BJP. BJP leadership is now worried as his followers are openly canvassing for ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) option in the Hindi heartland of UP, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
Rupesh Pandey, who was publicity manager for union minister Uma Bharati claims that this time, at least one lakhvoters will press the NOTA button in the Lok Sabha poll in Varanasi from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking re-election for a second term.
A meeting of over 300 representatives of various social action groups from eastern UP was convened in Varanasi on March 15 where it was resolved to launch the ‘NOTA” option campaign. “The campaign was effective in all the last five phases of polling in UP, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh,” claimed Pandey.
He claimed that this time a large number of BJP supporters would use the NOTA button as they are totally disenchanted with the party’s stand on reservation, GST and demonetization. “Since they are all diehard BJP supporters, they will not vote for any other political party’s candidate,” he said.