Attacks on police: UP BJP to use party cadres in ‘positive’ works to change their mindset
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Attacks on police: UP BJP to use party cadres in ‘positive’ works to change their mindset

Concerned over growing attacks on police by party functionaries and fringe elements, the UP BJP has decided to engage its cadres in popularising government programmes.

india Updated: May 09, 2017 13:12 IST
Manish Chandra Pandey
Manish Chandra Pandey
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
BJP,Yogi Adityanath,BJP cadres
UP BJP to use party workers to highlight government’s achievements and programmes. (PTI File Photo)

Concerned over the growing incidents of its cadres and fringe elements taking law into their hands, the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh has decided to engage its foot soldiers in popularising government schemes to make them more “responsible.”

A decision to this effect was taken at the two-day state working committee meeting underway in Lucknow.

BJP sources said the party leaders are chalking out programmes and strategies to change the confrontationist attitude of the workers of the party, which had spent 15 years in opposition before assuming power in March this year.

“We have lined up a slew of activities for our workers. All of them will be tasked with something creative,” BJP vice president and party’s UP in-charge Om Mathur said.

BJP president Amit Shah will address the working committee on Tuesday.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath himself is very keen to utilise services of the cadres in ‘swacchhta’ (cleanliness) campaigns and identifying beneficiaries of a scheme under which wedding expenses of poor girls are paid by the government, sources said.

Apart from that the chief minister also wanted cadres to highlight various welfare schemes launched by the BJP governments at the Centre and the state.

“Remember your party is in power. So act responsibly. Don’t take law into your own hands. Instead, bring to the notice of the government any case where you feel authorities have erred,” the chief minister told party workers.

The BJP leaders have reason to be worried.

Party supporters led by BJP MP Raghav Lakhanpal vandalised Saharanpur SSP’s residence last month.

Earlier, a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader slapped a deputy superintendent of police in Agra while organising a demonstration near Taj Mahal. There was also an incident of Bajrang Dal activists attacking a policeman at Fatehpur Sikri police station and setting ablaze his motorcycle.

Peeved by the recent attacks on cops, the UP IPS association sought an appointment with the chief minister to discuss the issue.

Party leaders feel that it’s the time for “course correction” for the workers who had been for long used to taking on the governments when the party was in opposition.

Party’s UP unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, who is also the deputy chief minister, asked the cadres to “leave behind opposition mindset.”

“We will not let anyone treat you with disrespect but at the same time please prove those wrong who feel that having spent 15 years in the opposition, you won’t be able to change,” he told the workers as the meeting commenced on Monday.

Yogi, a five-time Gorakhpur MP, even gave his own example of how as an opposition lawmaker from eastern UP he used to hold protest marches to make the authorities realise the need to provide justice to the people.

“We used to march for five kilometers or more under scorching heat. But those were different times. Now, please understand that we are in power. So instead of taking on the authorities and taking law into your own hands, bring these issues to the knowledge of the government. We assure you that we will act on your complaints,” the CM said.

First Published: May 02, 2017 10:55 IST