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BJP’s preparations on war footing ahead of Amit Shah’s 3-day visit Cong leaders wish to meet him to raise issue of corruption

Amit Shah will land at Bhopal on Thursday evening by a regular flight to begin attending party meetings and programmes from the 18th morning for three days. He would leave on August 20 evening

bhopal Updated: Aug 16, 2017 22:14 IST
Ranjan and Shruti Tomar, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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The renovated room at the state BJP office in Bhopal where BJP national president Amit Shah will stay for 3 days beginning August 18, 2017(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

With hardly one day left for BJP national president Amit Shah’s visit to Bhopal the state BJP leadership heaved a sigh of relief over the party’s performance in the civic bodies elections results of which were declared on Wednesday.

Amit Shah will land at Bhopal on Thursday evening by a regular flight to begin attending party meetings and programmes from the 18th morning for three days. He would leave on August 20 evening.

“The party leaders would have faced an awkward situation before the party’s national president who is coming to Bhopal the very next day of the elections results had the party done badly in the elections”, said a BJP worker talking to the Hindustan Times.

Preparations have been done at a war footing level at the state BJP office to facilitate about a dozen meetings Shah is supposed to attend during his stay at the state BJP office. Tin structures have come up to accommodate the party leaders and workers while media house has been completely renovated. The entire premises has been spruced up.

It’s the first time when any national president of BJP will be staying for three days at the state capital, that too at the state BJP office.

Shah will have meetings with party MPs, MLAs, office-bearers, frontal organisations heads, spokespersons, leaders with media cell etc besides chief minister Shviraj Singh Chouhan and his ministerial colleagues. He would review the party’s functioning as well as its preparations for 2018 assembly elections and 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“It is mainly examination time of four leaders- chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, general secretary in charge Suhas Bhagat and party’s state affairs in charge Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, in view of the challenges the party is facing which include anti-incumbency factor against the government, growing factionalism in the party, resentment among party workers, MPs and MLAs against ministers, party leadership’s too much dependence on the chief minister for winning the elections, workers feeling neglected etc”, said a senior party leader on the condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to media.

However, the state BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan said the party’s national president’s visit to Madhya Pradesh was a part of his nation-wide tour programme during which he stays for one day in small state, two days in a comparatively larger state and three days in big states. The state BJP would definitely benefit from his visit as he would guide the party how to go ahead to achieve its goal of serving people up to the grassroots level.

However, the Congress leaders have decided to raise the issue of corruption before Amit Shah. They have also taken exception to Amit Shah’s lunch at parliamentary affairs minister Narottam Mishra’s bungalow, who was disqualified by the ECI for three years as an MLA on paid news charges. Mishra, has, however, got a reprieve from the Supreme Court.

Talking to journalists state Congress president Arun Yadav said, “Leader Opposition in state assembly Ajay Singh and myself have written a letter to Shah to meet him in Bhopal. We wish to bring to his notice scams and irregularities in Madhya Pradesh including Vyapam and Simhastha. Our motive behind the meeting is to know if the top BJP leaders who talk of zero tolerance on corruption will take any action against their leaders in MP.”

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 22:14 IST