On Monday, union home minister Amit Shah and Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had food with the Mising community in Majuli, the constituency of Sonowal. In December, Shah had lunch at a farmer’s house at Midnapore in West Bengal. In fact, pictures of his having food at the house of party workers emerge regularly.
It has now become a routine in the BJP set up, with several other leaders also doing so.
The BJP candidate from Nandigram in West Bengal, Suvendu Adhikari, for instance, makes it a point to have lunch at a party worker or a voter’s house during the ongoing campaign.
Having food at the house of a lower-level party worker or with some community was part of the political curriculum earlier too. However, in recent times, it has emerged as a key tool to establish a connection with voters. The BJP, in order to galvanise the booth workers, makes sure that its top leaders visit the house of booth presidents and have food with them.
“If you look into the history of Jan Sangh and the BJP, you would find that all out central, state and local leaders have regularly been going to the houses of party workers, staying there and eating food,” BJP national spokesperson Gopal Krishan Agrawal told ET.
“Rahul and Priyanka-ji have been practicing a different kind of politics. You must have always seen him standing with students, farmers, tea garden workers, porters, women, fishermen, tribal and everyone as he tries to understand their problems,” Gaurav Gogoi, a Congress MP from Assam, told ET.