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Work allocation next challenge

Murmurs of discontent over the new BJP team notwithstanding, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari’s next challenge is to allocate work for each of 37 office bearers, including the 13 women leaders, reports Shekhar Iyer.

delhi Updated: Mar 18, 2010 00:24 IST
Shekhar Iyer

Murmurs of discontent over the new BJP team notwithstanding, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari’s next challenge is to allocate work for each of 37 office bearers, including the 13 women leaders.

Gadkari is expected to follow what is known as “Rajnath Singh formula” of allocating one state to each of them to take responsibility for the party’s growth. Earlier, under L K Advani, the party’s general secretaries were given a cluster of states to handle.

With so many hands awaiting work, Gadkari’s task will be to assign specific state for each of them, BJP officials say.

The big question is if Gadkari will be able to enforce the criteria of performance, which he espoused when he took over three months ago, and at the Indore conclave last month.

As in the case of the new team, Gadkari is expected to rely on his predecessor, Rajnath Singh, and Suresh Soni, RSS’s current points man, besides Ram Lal, BJP general secretary for organisation, to decide on the allocation of the states.

Many BJP functionaries, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, fail to see the “performance criteria” in the selection of some leaders for the post of vice-president and secretaries, or even for inclusion in the party’s national executive.

They attributed some selections to the choice of “Rajnath-Suresh Soni-Ram Lal” trio, who would have a decisive say in the allocation of key states.

With Rajnath Singh expected to pitch for himself to take complete charge of Uttar Pradesh, Gadkari would again have to accommodate the wishes of various factions.

With Narendra Singh Tomar, head of the Madhya Pradesh BJP unit, becoming a general secretary, Rajnath Singh’s close aide, Prabhat Jha, is expected to take charge in Bhopal.

With seven spokespersons for the party, Gadkari will let chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad, who has been elevated to the post of general secretary, decide the party’s line of approach towards the media.

At least one new spokesperson, Shahnawaz Hussain, who is upset that he was not rewarded with any post despite winning the Lok Sabha polls, appears not too sure whether he could be effective.