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No ministerial assignment for U’khand MLAs till 2019 polls: BJP

BJP national vice presidents Avinash Rai Khanna and Shyam Jaju on Wednesday gave clear signal to party leaders in the hill state that ministerial responsibilities will not be disseminated till the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, party insiders said

dehradun Updated: May 30, 2018 22:03 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times
BJP leaders Avinash Rai Khanna and Shyam Jaju at a core committee meeting in Dehradun to prepare plan for the upcoming local body elections in the state .
BJP leaders Avinash Rai Khanna and Shyam Jaju at a core committee meeting in Dehradun to prepare plan for the upcoming local body elections in the state . (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)
         

BJP national vice presidents Avinash Rai Khanna and Shyam Jaju on Wednesday gave clear signal to party leaders in the hill state that ministerial responsibilities will not be disseminated till the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, party insiders said.

Several rounds of meetings were organised on Wednesday at BJP headquarters in the state capital. The core committee group along with ministers and other party leaders met both the central leaders.

Chief minister TS Rawat and party state unit president Ajay Bhatt were also present during the meetings.

While the agenda disclosed to the media was the campaign for successful completion of four years of the Narendra Modi government in the centre, the party leaders were hinted to start working for general elections and not to expect “ministerial responsibilities” before it.

“The message was clear. To work collectively for LS polls and not to expect anything (responsibilities) before the elections,” a BJP leader said on condition of anonymity.

It’s been over a year since the BJP formed government in Uttarakhand and the cabinet is still incomplete.

The 10-member state cabinet has only 8 ministers and two berths are still lying vacant. Besides, several sulking legislators are eyeing on ministerial responsibilities.

The party has 56 legislators in the state assembly, the highest since Uttarakhand was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000.

The BJP had Tharali seat but after its legislator Maganlal Shah passed away, the seat went to bypoll on May 28, results of which are awaited.

Bhatt said various events would be organised connecting with locals, seminars, booth contact and others to mark the central government’s four year. “We will celebrate the success till June 11,” Bhatt told media persons.

First Published: May 30, 2018 22:03 IST

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