Backed by Amit Shah, RSS to have greater say in affairs of BJP
The Sangh will mount tab on the party’s organisational matters after the proposed rejig of all its wings and fronts, according to Sangh insiders.dehradun Updated: Oct 07, 2017 19:22 IST
DEHRADUN: The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) will keep a close watch on all wings and fronts of the BJP’s Uttarakhand unit and will keep the party brass updated about organisational preparedness, sources in the Sangh said.
Already two former Sangh pracharaks — Jyoti Prasad Gairola and Sanjay Kumar — hold key positions of vice-president and general secretary (organisation) in the BJP’s organisational apparatus in Uttarakhand.
The Sangh will mount tab on the party’s organisational matters after the proposed rejig of all its wings and fronts, according to Sangh insiders. The revamp is in keeping with BJP chief Amit Shah’s instructions after he expressed displeasure over the “inefficient individuals” heading all levels of the party’s organisational structure, including various ‘morchas’ (fronts).
In September, Shah directed the local BJP leadership to downsize the party’s 23 district units to 13 in keeping with the number of administrative districts in Uttarakhand. The BJP chief had asserted a leaner organisation would help enhance the party’s organisational efficiency, benefitting it in the next year’s panchayat and urban body elections and in the 2019 general elections.
“The number of the party’s 23 district units has already been cut down to 13. Similarly, all units including ‘morchas’ (fronts) will be reshuffled,” BJP state general secretary Naresh Bansal said. “In a nutshell, we will carry out all organisational reforms in keeping with the suggestions of our party chief.”
According to Sangh insiders, Shah’s suggestions were not just on the basis of the observations he made during his interactions with BJP workers. “Most suggestions regarding the party’s revamp were also based on a report which the local Sangh leaders submitted to the party brass before his visit to the state,” a Sangh insider said. “He (Shah) got a similar feedback from the local Sangh leaders during a meeting with them over breakfast during his visit.”
The sources said Shah relies more on Sangh leaders for a clear feedback on the BJP. “That is because like the last time, he (Shah) wants the party to repeat its win in all the five Lok Sabha seats in 2019 as well,” a Sangh insider said.
The Sangh leaders will keep a close watch on ‘Vistaraks’ or whole timers. The BJP has appointed a ‘Vistarak’ each in all the 70 assembly constituencies with a two-fold purpose. “They will strengthen the party organisationally right up to the areas falling in polling booths ahead of the Lok Sabha elections ,” a Sangh leader said. “They will also publicise the policies and schemes introduced by the BJP governments in the state and at the Centre.”
The RSS leaders will also keep the top Sangh and the BJP brass posted about work of ‘Vistaraks’. “Monitoring of ‘Vistaraks’ by the Sangh has created heartburns among the local BJP leaders, who used to supervise them and forward their feedback on their (Vistaraks) work to their bosses,” a Sangh leader said, adding the system bred organisational lethargy which came into notice of Shah.
But RSS prant pracharak Yudhvir Singh denied reports that the Sangh would soon start keeping a greater watch on the BJP. “All such reports are speculative.”