New BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, who has decided not to contest elections for three years to concentrate on party affairs matters, has said he will not impose the decision on other office-bearers.
“I’m not going to force anyone not to contest elections,” Gadkari told HT .
Handpicked by the party’s ideological fount, the RSS, to lead the BJP, Gadkari will not have his team in place till the party’s national council formally elects him as the president in mid-February.
“It’s my decision to stay out of electoral politics… I have no right to force any decision on others.”
He wants the party to move away from media glare. “After I finish round of my interviews, I want to get down to business... Too much media glare, which has been the hallmark of the last few years, doesn’t get you anywhere. We need to work.”
Aides say he wants to do a Congress — Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have a limited interaction with media but “enjoy” good press because of “ground results”.
Gadkari has called a meeting of office-bearers on January 7 to discuss, among other matters, the dates for the national council’s meet.
Gadkari, who is keen on party leaders and workers taking up social and development projects, wants to launch the new Antyodaya Vikas Scheme from February 11, the birth anniversary of BJP’s ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya,
“I want to raise a 5,000-strong force, comprising our workers who will render quality social work. That’s my new year resolve.”
He has begun to identify fresh faces and sought names of “performers” from state units to get the party that was rocked by dissensions after the Lok Sabha polls back on track.