Eying second term in Rajasthan, BJP to set up 28 district offices in 10 months
Leaving no stone unturned to secure a second consecutive term when Rajasthan goes to polls, possibly by end of 2018, the ruling BJP is set to spread wings by establishing fully equipped party offices in 28 of the 33 districts.jaipur Updated: Aug 08, 2017 21:02 IST
Leaving no stone unturned to secure a second consecutive term when Rajasthan goes to polls, possibly by end of 2018, the ruling BJP is set to spread wings by establishing fully equipped party offices in 28 of the 33 districts.
It is likely that the offices will be functional by June next year. The state urban development department has allocated land to BJP in 28 districts. A new state office will also be constructed in Jaipur for which land is being identified.
State BJP president Ashok Parnami told HT that BJP had received a huge mandate in 2013 polls. The party, however, was finding it difficult to conduct regular Jan Sunwai in the districts.
“Till now, the offices at district level used to run from rented accommodation or from the residence of district president, which used to shift with change. Now, we have planned to set up a permanent office where workers can approach with their grievances. A place from where regular Jan Sunwai can take place,” Parnami said.
The state party chief said that they have set the deadline of June 18 to establish the permanent offices. At present, land for the same has been identified in 28 of 33 districts. “A new headquarters in Jaipur too will be set up. We are looking for land. The space at the office we have right now is less,” he added.
Sources claimed that plots measuring 2,000 square metres to 3,000 sqm will be allocated for the offices depending upon the norms set for small and big towns.
Parnami said the plan to set up districts offices was conceptualized around one-and-a-half-years ago, and for that a proposal was moved with the government. Under the norms the land is being allocated at district lease committee (DLC) rates.
He said all the buildings at district level will be constructed based on Rajasthan architecture and painted as per the city theme --- such as golden in Jodhpur. “We have not sought any benefits from government while seeking the land. We applied for the land as per the provision of land allocation to political parties,” he said.
State BJP spokesperson and Jaipur Mayor Ashok Lahoty said the objective behind having permanent offices at all districts is to ensure that party activities are held regular and in organised manner. “In the age of digitalization, the office will be well equipped for video conferencing, library, single accounting (bank) from state level etc,” he said.
Rajasthan is likely to go for Assembly polls in late 2018. Buoyed by BJP’s landslide win in Uttar Pradesh earlier this year, chief minister Vasundhara Raje had said the BJP will replicate the performance during the 2018 state polls. “We will win with huge mandate under leadership of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi,” she had said.