Congress seeks to cash in on ‘heartburn’ caused by BJP’s organisational rejig
On October 15, the Uttarakhand BJP announced scrapping the 23 district units of the party and replacing it with 14 – one each corresponding with the 13 administrative districts of the state and another one at Dehradun city-leveldehradun Updated: Oct 17, 2017 21:04 IST
The Congress hopes to cash in on the “heart burns” caused by the recent organisational rejig in the ruling BJP’s Uttarakhand unit that followed after its head Amit Shah advised for a lean unit to function efficiently.
On October 15, the BJP state leadership announced scrapping the 23 district units of the party and replacing it with 14 – one each corresponding with the 13 administrative districts of Uttarakhand and another one at Dehradun city-level.
BJP insiders said cutting down on the organisational units left many of those who were shunted out from the positions disgruntled and caused heart burns within the party. “Though the state leadership decided names carefully after days of hectic parleys to strike the right balance, it has caused unrest which may affect the party’s prospects at the grassroots level,” a BJP leader told Hindustan Times
This has come as an opportunity for the opposition Congress, which is slowly trying to shed off the ignominy of its crushing defeat, ahead of the civic polls due early next year. The BJP had swept 57 of the 70 assembly seats, while the Congress could win only 11 seats. Former chief minister Harish Rawat lost from both seats he had contested.
“The BJP’s decision (to cut down on the organisational units) has caused resentment among their ranks. It is their internal matter. But since this move has come right ahead of the civic polls, we are carefully monitoring the situation to see how it can help us,” Congress state president Pritam Singh told Hindustan Times. .
The Congress too has 23 organisational units at district- and city-level.
But BJP state president Ajay Bhatt denied that there was any resentment within the party owing to the recent organisational restructuring. “It is just a figment on their imagination…the decision was taken based on instructions from (Amit) Shah ji to ensure closely coordinated functioning. There is no unrest in the party,” Bhatt told Hindustan Times.