In a move to rejuvenate party cadre in all the 117 assembly constituencies of the state, the state BJP unit has decided to depute its ministers in 11 “unrepresented” districts for holding interactive sessions with the party cadre every month.
“We are a political entity representing 117 assembly constituencies and not that of 23 segments, earlier contested by our candidates during last assembly elections,” Kamal Sharma, Punjab BJP president, asserted while revealing details of “Sehyog” project being re-launched from its state headquarters in Chandigarh on Monday.
Sharma, who was in the city to attend a social function, said that the party has decided that the four BJP ministers would stay overnight in 11 unrepresented districts after holding interactive grievances redressal sessions every month.
“Though the BJP cadre have been getting all assistance from the SAD (Badal) elected representatives in these districts, but the party has decided to depute BJP ministers to boost the morale of the workers and local leaders,” he said, while trying to dispel the impression that the proposed move would affect the SAD leadership in these districts.
“The civil and police officials' presence during such sessions will also help BJP cadre get their work done easily. The district BJP chiefs will coordinate with the ministers concerned to chalk out monthly programmes. In turn, the ministers will not limit themselves only to their home districts,” he said.
These unrepresented districts include Barnala, Bathinda, Faridkot, Fatehgarh sahib, Mansa, Moga, Mukatsar, Mohali, Sangrur, Nawanhshar and Tarn Taran.
Besides, the party has decided to re-introduce concept of deputing two ministers each along with their chief parliamentary secretaries on Tuesdays and Wednesdays every week for holding interactive sessions with party leaders and workers at state headquarters in Chandigarh.
“Though the ministers used to hold such sessions under Sehyog project in the past, but the practice had been discontinued. A senior party leader Narottam Ratti would coordinate in this regard. The ministers will meet the partymen from 11 am to 1 pm,” Sharma said.
“The schedule of the ministers concerned will be made public in advance for the convenience of the party rank and file.”
Sharma maintained that the proposed moves were part of the strategy to boost cadre's morale and dismissed suggestions that there was disillusion among a section of the workers.
He expressed his concerns on inordinate delay in formation of district level SAD-BJP coordination committees and said that he would take up the issue with the coalition partner soon. “It was decided three months back to form such panels for redressal of grievances at grassroots level and for better coordination amongst the leaders of coalition partners on various issues,” he added.
Sharma also announced that 14 district unit presidents would be nominated soon. On the failure of the state government to constitute district grievances redressal committees headed by ministers, Sharma said that he would take up the issue with the chief minister. The state BJP would hold a meeting of district presidents, MLAs and the MPs at Chandigarh on Monday.