BJP party president Amit Shah has told the state’s ministers to get their act together and work towards a larger vision for Maharashtra.
Speaking at the inauguration of the state BJP convention at Kolhapur on Saturday, Shah made it clear that the BJP did not expect any fundraising from its ministers; he has asked them to focus solely on work.
According to sources, he indicated that ministers should keep away from money-spinning ventures, focus their energies on strengthening the party base and completing work undertaken instead.
At a three-hour-long meeting held after 9pm with all the state ministers, the chief minister and the BJP party president, Shah said the ministers should not only get cracking on the work their departments were supposed to do, but also work together.
“It was an inspiring speech; general in many ways, but also very clear about what the top brass wants from us. He also asked us to start touring our districts and keep both those who elected us and the workers who helped us get elected happy,” said a minister present at the meeting.
Shah also asked the ministers to broaden their vision and take lessons from the Gujarat development model as well as the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh governments, where the BJP had successfully ruled for successive tenures.
Party president Raosaheb Danve, in his address to party workers later, said Shah had asked the state leadership to ensure a good working relationship between the government and the party organisation. There is a perception that party workers feel alienated from the government and the state’s vision and work done has not percolated to either the party cadre or the masses.