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Amit Shah to visit U’khand to review Rawat govt’s performance

dehradun Updated: May 21, 2017 20:20 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
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BJP president Amit Shah will be in the state for three days as part of his 95-day countrywide tour during which he will interact with the BJP cadre.(HT File)

DEHRADUN: BJP chief Amit Shah will arrive in August to review the five-month performance of chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and his nine-member Cabinet, party insiders said.

Shah will be in the state for three days as part of his 95-day countrywide tour during which he will interact with the BJP cadre. “During his visit, he will not only meet our party workers and leaders but will also have a meeting with the chief minister and all his nine cabinet members,” Cabinet minister Madan Kaushik told Hindustan Times.

But Kaushik neither confirmed nor denied that Shah will review the government’s performance.

By August, the TS Rawat-led BJP government will complete five months in power “That will be the right time for appraisal of the government. Which is what our party chief will do. Such assessments are justified as they help us understand where we stand in terms of performance,” a senior state BJP office bearer said.

The proposed visit is slated at a time when the government is under attack from the media for slow governance. It is also facing criticism for its failure to rein in the bureaucracy and carry out its promise to root out corruption, which was one of the BJP’s main poll planks.

“On the development front, I don’t think the government has taken any major policy decision so far,” said Prof MM Semwal of HNB Garhwal (Central) University. “Its liquor policy too is no different from that of the previous Congress regime and it couldn’t do much to realise its announcement on a partial ban on liquor,” he said, adding that some ministers were doing a good job.

Prof LM Joshi of Kumaon University said two months was too early to judge the government’s performance. He, however, agreed that the government was unable to make its presence felt, if compared with the Uttar Pradesh government.

The local leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh also privately expressed concern over the “negative feedback” they were getting on the government’s performance.

BJP insiders said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has his own mechanism of assessing the state government’s performances. “Modiji won’t go by what the chief minister would brief Shah about his government’s performance,” a BJP leader said. “He (Modi) has his own channels of checking whether it is delivering or not,”.

BJP leaders, however, said Shah will be here as part of the party’s ongoing nationwide Prashikshan Maha-abhiyan, which is dedicated to its ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay. “Our party workers across the country are being familiarised with his philosophy of Antyodaya (upliftment of the most downtrodden),” BJP’s media in-charge Devendra Bhasin said.

First Published: May 21, 2017 20:20 IST