DEHRADUN: Nearly two months after he formed the government in Uttarakhand following a massive mandate against the Congress, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has now shifted focus --- taking up and resolving the personal problems of BJP cadres.
While the state BJP credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for the landslide win, the BJP president, on his part, hailed the cadres, down to the booth level. Now seeking to keep the cadres’ morale intact and maintain the winning momentum till the the next year’s local body elections followed by the Lok Sabha polls due in 2019, BJP Monday organised a ‘Karyakarta Adalat’ (workers’ court) in Dehradun, which was attended by Rawat.
“We are a cadre-based party and thanks solely to their efforts that we have been putting up a good electoral show right from the last general elections to the recently held assembly polls,” BJP state president Ajay Bhatt, who along with the CM listened to the party workers problems, told HT.
He said that the CM would now visit the party office once in a month to listen to the workers’ problems and resolve them on the spot. “Similarly, all his nine ministerial colleagues too would keep a similar routine,” Bhatt said, adding they too would listen to the party workers’ problems pertaining to their respective departments and resolve them. “A roster in that connection is being prepared,” Bhatt added.
The state BJP chief added that the exercise was aimed at keeping the cadres’ morale intact so that party’s winning momentum is maintained till the next year’s local body polls and the subsequent Lok Sabha polls.
Earlier, Rawat reached the party office in the morning and spent more than an hour listening to the party workers’ personal problems or those relating to their respective areas. Most of those who visited the party office to attend the “Karyakarta Adalat’ were from Dehradun and nearby districts. Most of them had come with written representations which they submitted to the CM.
In some cases Rawat tried to resolve the problems on the spot. For instance, Bachan Singh Negi, a retired soldier had some complaint. Rawat, after going through the papers the complainant had brought, called up the district magistrate to instantly resolve the issue. “Give the ex-servicemen special attention,” he told the DM over phone.
Shiv Singh Gusain, 80attended the event to seek financial help. “I took up with the CM my request for monetary help as our family situation is very bad,” he told HT adding that his son had been mentally unstable after his wife drowned in the Ganga recently. “I have a grandson and a granddaughter to look after…I sought the monetary help so that I could support them”, he said.
Later, while speaking to reporters Rawat dubbed the BJP’s initiative to hold ‘Karyakarta Adalat’ as very crucial. “Our cadres make so many promises to people in their areas during elections. Through such programmes they can easily get those promises fulfilled,” he said. “It is our (government) responsibility that the (electoral) promises made by our cadres are fulfilled.”