With reduced number of district units, going may get tough for BJP during polls, feel insiders
In compliance with the instructions issued by party national president Amit Shah, barring Dehradun, which will have two committees, the remaining 12 districts will have one committee eachdehradun Updated: Oct 16, 2017 20:48 IST
The Uttarakhand BJP may have reorganised its district units “for administrative ease”, reducing their number to 14 from 23, but the move, party insiders feel may turn into a major problem during campaigning for elections.
While local body elections are scheduled next year, the Lok Sabha elections will be held in 2019.
In compliance with the instructions issued by party national president Amit Shah, barring Dehradun, which will have two committees, the remaining 12 districts will have one committee each. The committees are constituted to ensure routine activities, events, booth level campaigns and making public connect with the people.
Incidentally, neighbouring Himachal Pradesh has 12 administrative districts but 17 BJP district committees. Similarly, Uttar Pradesh has 75 administrative districts and 90 party district committees.
“Reducing the number of district committees may help avoid clash between the members, but it also means that only one (district) president will have to cover and ensure all party related activities in the area,” a BJP leader said requesting anonymity.
In hill districts, activities done at headquarters might attract voters, but the exercise for reaching out to villagers located in scattered clusters in remote areas is a tough job, say leaders.
The key districts with geographic challenges are Pauri, Almora, Pithoragarh, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Bageshwar, Chamoli, Champawat and Tehri.
“Every district committee is backed by fronts instrumental in carrying out activities. Youth, women, minority cell, SC-ST, and other such wings work together during the elections. We have good number of people that will help in coordinating and carrying our works in every district,” Kundan Latwal, state Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) president said.
Ajay Bhatt, state BJP president, however, said the decision would help in easing out difficulties faced earlier. “There won’t be any problems now as earlier there were clashes between presidents. The terrain in hill districts is certainly tough, but with better internet and telecom facilities, working would be easier,” he said.