BJP state president Chandrakant Patil said at a press conference on Wednesday the party had finalised the plan for collection right up to the booth level. The party held meetings with office-bearers over two days. They were attended by state in-charge C T Ravi, Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis and others.
The collection drive, along with the party’s poor performance in recent elections to graduates constituencies, was discussed at the core committee meeting on Wednesday. BJP won only one of the six seats for which elections were held.
Patil said there were complaints of non-registered non-graduate voters casting votes, in several cases blank papers were found in ballot boxes. The party will take up the issue with the Election Commission, and if required, approach courts against malpractices. The party’s 28 state leaders will travel across Maharashtra over three days to bolster candidates contesting 14,500-gram panchayat poll seats. Elections to 92 Nagar Palikas and panchayats and five municipal corporations were discussed.
BJP party workers will go door-to-door on behalf of Ram Mandir Trust to collect Rs 10 from each household as a donation for the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya. The drive is likely to begin on January 15.