The BJP of Gandhinagar, Gujarat, Lok Sabha constituency represented by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, plans to hold cricket and kabaddi tournaments under the Gandhinagar Loksabha Premier League 370 label, or GLPL 370, to “attract as many young people as possible to the party”. “, local leaders said.

According to Ahmedabad City BJP Unit General Secretary Jitubhai Patel, the league is named after Article 370, “which was repealed in 2019 under the leadership of Amit Shah”, and it is expected to begin tournaments in mid-December.

Harshad Patel, who is the BJP in charge of Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, said The Indian Express“The events were organized to make the (young) voters, whose names appear on the electoral list, pro-BJP. For this, cricket and kabaddi were selected. The aim is to have at least two teams in each district (one for cricket and one for kabaddi).

Harshad Patel said: “Home Secretary Amit Shah first discussed this (idea) with about 8-10 of us in the party.” Subsequently, he said, a meeting of 200 to 250 party workers was called and various responsibilities were assigned.

For example, Gujarat MoS Jagdish Vishwakarma, who organized the Karnavati Premier League (KPL) for cricket in Ahmedabad five years ago, has been asked to plan the tournaments. By the way, Amit Shah inaugurated the KPL in 2016.

BJP State Unity General Secretary Pradipsinh Vaghela said, “A whole team from Lok Sabha constituency is involved. The plan is to hold one kabaddi tournament for the entire constituency and seven cricket tournaments, one for each of its seven assembly segments. Team registration is already underway.

The seven assembly segments are Vejalpur, Ghatlodia, Naranpura, Sabarmati, Kalol, Gandhinagar (North) and Sanand. The Lok Sabha constituency has about 1,800 stalls in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, and local BJP officials have been given responsibilities ranging from identifying teams, venues and commentators to drafting rules.

The league is currently open to men only and cricket matches will be played with tennis balls on land leased from local private owners, BJP leaders have said. Publicity for the tournament is mainly through neighborhood-level WhatsApp groups, they said.

Shah had been associated with the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) since 2007 and played a key role in ending the Congress leaders’ 16-year reign of state unity. Shah was also Vice Chairman of GCA when the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was Chairman. Shah’s son, Jay Shah, is the current secretary of BCCI.

“Based on Narendrabhai’s concept of motivating players through Khel Mahakumbh, Amitbhai organized this (cricket and kabaddi tournament). This is done thanks to his advice and his motivation. By Wednesday, we should be able to get the first batch of teams registered,” said Jitubhai Patel, general secretary of BJP unit in Ahmedabad city.