BJP workers welcome Amit Shah’s order to cut down organisational units
The BJP state unit’s move to cut down the number of its 23 district level organisational units to the level of 13 administrative districts under pressure from party chief Amit Shah is being largely well received by local workersdehradun Updated: Sep 25, 2017 19:39 IST
The BJP state unit’s move to cut down the number of its 23 district level organisational units to the level of 13 administrative districts under pressure from party chief Amit Shah is being largely well received by local workers.
They have also welcomed Shah’s directive to infuse young blood in the party and to have the office bearers of all its units and cells replaced with competent workers.
Shah had expressed displeasure over the “inept persons” handling the party’s local units. On Saturday, BJP state president Ajay Bhatt issued an order reducing the 23 district level organisational units to 13 in keeping with the number of the administrative districts.
The BJP workers and leaders were unanimous that the directions were timely and would boost the party, organisationally, in the local body elections early next year and in the 2019 general elections. Shah’s order to tone up the party organisationally is being viewed as part of the high command’s plan to ensure that the 2014 Lok Sabha results are repeated in 2019.
“He (Shah) had back-to-back meetings with the members of all our organisational wings and directed them to focus on efficiency,” BJP spokesperson Suresh Joshi said. “That shows he expects us that we again win all the five Lok Sabha seats in 2019.”
Some BJP leaders though didn’t find Shah’s directive to cut down the number of the 23 district level organisational units conducive to local conditions. “The decision was taken so that the state’s tough terrain doesn’t hamper workers from reaching out to the people in remote areas,” said a BJP leader. “They will also have difficulty in interacting with the people as they will have to cover larger areas falling in 13 organisational districts.”
Most party leaders appeared to have a divergent opinion. “Our workers being highlanders are used to negotiating tough terrain. So, they won’t have any difficulty in covering long distances,” said former state BJP vice-president Lakhiram Joshi. He took a jibe at the party leaders, saying they would even go to the extent of creating 100 organisational units to adjust loyalists. “Once these sycophants get organisational positions, they start misusing their offices to further their ends instead of serving the party.”
He also justified Shah’s instructions to the party to infuse young blood in the organisation and have all “incompetent” organisational level office bearers replaced with competent individuals.
Pushkar Kala, another state BJP leader, agreed. “The party workers who get organisational positions, thanks to sycophancy start eyeing higher positions, instead of strengthening the organisation.”
BJP state general secretary Naresh Bansal said Shah wanted the number of the organisational units to be reduced for two reasons. “One, so many organisational units seldom throw up good competent leaders from the grassroots level,” he said, adding an organisational district spread over two administrative districts had its own technical difficulties. “It creates problems for officials when they deal with two organisational heads while resolving the problems facing the residents of one administrative district.”