New Delhi, June 12: As part of their Sampark For Samarthan outreach programme, BJP leaders have been meeting prominent personalities from various fields but the idea isn’t limited to telling them the Narendra Modi-led government’s achievements, they are also seeking feedback. Launched by party chief Amit Shah, the programme hopes to improve the party’s prospects in the 2019 general elections. (Also Read: Amit Shah Meets Uddhav Thackeray)

A report in The Indian Express says it was left upon the leaders to choose who they wanted to meet. While the Union ministers preferred to pick celebrities, other BJP leaders were meeting people in fields they are familiar with. As a part of the programme, about 4,000 BJP leaders are expected to meet 1 lakh personalities across the country over 15 days — one leader is required to meet 50 people; leaders in their field who could influence others. Among others, Shah has met former Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag (retd), Constitution expert Subhash Kashyap, former cricketer Kapil Dev, actress Madhuri Dixit, yoga guru Ramdev and businessman Ratan Tata. The report said Shah was expected to go to other parts of the country to meet more people.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari met actor Nana Patekar, MD & CEO of Yes Bank Rana Kapoor, and actor Salman Khan and his father Salim Khan in Mumbai. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Pullela Gopichand’s academy in Hyderabad.

Rajya Sabha MP and BJP media cell head Anil Baluni said, “The exercise has been extremely good…When you approach the opinion-makers of society to explain the government’s achievement, they feel good. They said that no other party or government had approached them to explain the government’s programmes. We do not meet just our supporters, we meet our critics too….” During the interaction, the leaders also hand over a 35-page book listing the achievements of the government. The booklet is called Saaf Niyat, Sahi Vikas.