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Shah pulls up BJP unit, seeks more involvement of frontal organisations

BJP sources said Shah expressed displeasure over frontal organisations not holding working member conventions in the last six months. “He (Shah) asked everyone that if in six months, there had been no contact with the grass root members, it means that the party has lost connectivity with voters,” a BJP leader told Hindustan Times.

dehradun Updated: Sep 20, 2017 21:24 IST
Nihi Sharma
Flanked by BJP state head Ajay Bhatt and chief minister TS Rawat, BJP president Amit Shah addresses a press conference in Dehradun  on Wednesday.
Flanked by BJP state head Ajay Bhatt and chief minister TS Rawat, BJP president Amit Shah addresses a press conference in Dehradun on Wednesday. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)

DEHRADUN: BJP chief Amit Shah pulled up party leaders on Wednesday and demanded more involvement of frontal organisations in reaching out to the people, especially those from schedule caste and tribe.

Shah also directed the BJP leaders to focus and galvanise the party’s youth wing.

The ruling party has frontal organisations dedicated to the youth, the women, the Scheduled Caste, the Schedule Tribe, the Other Backward Class (OBC), the farmers and the minorities. Traditionally Congress supporters, a section of the Dalit voters veered away to support the BJP in the assembly elections earlier this year.

“The meeting went well and he mainly reviewed the works,” BJP state president Ajay Bhatt said. “It was recommended to all seven frontal organisations to actively work on ground.”

Shah held talks with the party leaders on Tuesday and again on Wednesday. On Wednesday morning, the BJP national president reached the party office and inaugurated an e-library. He also underlined the importance on maintaining contact with the grass root workers.

BJP sources said Shah expressed displeasure over frontal organisations not holding working member conventions in the last six months. “He (Shah) asked everyone that if in six months, there had been no contact with the grass root members, it means that the party has lost connectivity with voters,” a BJP leader told Hindustan Times.

While heads of all frontal organisations were prepared with their achievements, Shah asked them to organise regular programmes to remain in touch with the voters. The frontal organisations are assigned tasks to hold meetings, conventions and other programmes to connect with their target voters.

Shah advised the youth wing to have a strong hold on the booth level. “Like a family elder, he (Shah) reviewed our works and shared insight of how we can work effectively on the ground,” BJP Yuva Morcha president Kundan Latwal said.

Earlier in the day, the BJP president had lunch at the house of Munne Singh, a washerman, near the BJP headquarters. Shah along with chief minister TS Rawat and BJP state president Ajay Bhatt had ‘dal’, ‘roti’ and mix vegetable at the Dalit’s house.

Shah takes closed door meeting with Sangh, ABVP

Shah held closed door meeting with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) heads on Wednesday morning. Sources in the two outfits claim the participating members expressed dissatisfaction against the government for not supporting them.

Only 8-10 people attended the meeting which was aimed at strengthening coordination among the RSS, the ABVP and the BJP. While BJP state president Ajay Bhatt had earlier mentioned that ‘the party don’t share similar school of thought with the student wing’, insiders claim that there had been resentment against the government for not supporting both the outfits.

“There was dissatisfaction against the government for not standing with the student wing. But, Shahji only asked for better coordination,” an insider told Hindustan Times.

In August, ABVP members vandalised ashram of MLA Haridwar Rural Swami Yatishwaranand holding him responsible for the defeat in the student’s union election in Gurukul Kangari University. The members claimed Swami supported and funded rival candidate. The Sangh had come out in support of the students.

While the Swami complained this to the organisational heads and the CM, there was resentment among the ABVP members against the government for being biased towards their legislators. This issue was raised by both the ABVP and the RSS. Shah listened to their grievances and asked the two organisations to work in sync with the government for the desired goal of development of the state. He also reviewed performance of both the organisations.

But Yudhvir, RSS prant pracharak, denied any such discussion with Shah. “He took an organisational meeting and sought suggestions on bettering the working system.”