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BJP working committee meeting to discuss govt performance

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and his government’s one-month performance will come under a “close scrutiny” during the BJP’s three-day working committee meeting that starts in Nainital on Friday.

dehradun Updated: Apr 18, 2017 20:14 IST
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The BJP’s working committee meeting will be the first since the party formed the government after its victory in the assembly polls.
The BJP’s working committee meeting will be the first since the party formed the government after its victory in the assembly polls. (HT Photo)

DEHRADUN: Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and his government’s one-month performance will come under a “close scrutiny” during the BJP’s three-day working committee meeting that starts in Nainital on Friday.

“The government’s performance will be discussed by top party leaders in a closed door meeting on the sidelines of the proposed meeting,” a senior office bearer of the BJP’s state unit said. “The growing public perception about questionable integrity of some of the chief minister’s aides is likely to be discussed too.”

The BJP’s working committee meeting will be the first since the party formed the government after its victory in the assembly polls. Apart from Rawat, his nine cabinet colleagues and all the BJP legislators will attend the meeting.

Former chief ministers BC Khanduri, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank, Vijay Bahuguna and Bhagat Singh Koshiyari will also attend the event. BJP state in-charge Shyam Jaju and national joint secretary (organisation) Shiv Prakash are among the central leaders who will be present.

BJP insiders said the issue of the government’s performance will be discussed separately. “It will be discussed in a closed door meeting in which apart from the party’s central leaders, our four former chief ministers will also participate,” a BJP leader said, adding, that the government’s ‘slow performance’ was a matter of concern for the top brass.

“It is a matter of concern because he (Rawat) is being compared with his counterpart in Uttar Pradesh who has initiated a number of measures on the law and order front, which is being noticed by one and all,” the party leader said.

Party insiders, however, agreed that some of the anti-corruption measures taken by Rawat such as a CBI inquiry against seven officials involved in the construction of National Highway-74 were his achievements.

BJP insiders said the impact of such initiatives has been offset by the public perception about the questionable integrity of some of the CM’s aides. “That along with the government’s slow progress in terms of delivery will be discussed by senior leaders at the meeting,” a senior BJP leader said.

If reports are to be believed, some top Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leaders discussed the twin issues with Rawat at a closed door meeting held recently at the chief minister’s official residence. Officially, the BJP denied the reports about the government’s slow progress being an area of concern for the Sangh.

“All such reports are mere conjectures,” BJP spokesperson Virendra Singh Bisht said, claiming that the top brass is happy with Rawat’s performance. “As far as the chief minister’s close aides are concerned, they are his trusted officers and their integrity is impeccable,” he told Hindustan Times.