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BJP bitter over delay in filling of IDA posts

RESENTMENT IS brewing in the local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the inordinate delay of the party State leadership and government in announcing some of the key posts in Indore Development Authority (IDA) and some party posts such as presidents of frontal organisations including that of Yuva Morcha.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2006 13:50 IST

RESENTMENT IS brewing in the local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the inordinate delay of the party State leadership and government in announcing some of the key posts in Indore Development Authority (IDA) and some party posts such as presidents of frontal organisations including that of Yuva Morcha.

Though the party leaders have been stating for the last two years that these appointments might happen any time, the appointments just did not take place so far, much to the disappointment of the local leaders who have been nursing the desire to wield some power after occupying some posts.

While the posts in IDA are to be filled by the State government on the recommendation of the party, the party posts are to be filled by the party president on the recommendation of the local party unit.

In the IDA, there are at least two posts of vice-chairman and five posts of director, if one goes by the rulebook. If the party wanted to accommodate more leaders, they can appoint more as there is no such bar in the number of directors and vice-chairmen in the IDA. Infact, the previous Congress government led by Digvijay Singh had made several appointments in the IDA to appease all sections of the party.

According to sources, the delay in appointments in IDA is deliberate as the party State leadership is under tremendous pressure from a faction of the party in Indore not to make any appointments in the IDA, as that will create more power centres in the IDA, which is presently dominated by Kailash Vijayvargiya loyalist Madhu Verma.

“If anybody from the opposite group in the faction-ridden party is made vice-president or director, there will be clash of interests among them which might spoil the otherwise tranquil atmosphere in IDA”, a leader said.

There are several leaders in the party who are sulking after they were overlooked by the party City unit while constituting the party Working Committee early last year. They include party’s former vice-presidents Hari Narain Yadav, Dinesh Shukla, Alok Dawar and Shashi Khandelwal, former general secretary Santosh Mehta, Chandu Makhija and Rajesh Aggarwal.

When Shivraj Singh took over the reigns of power in the State in December, there were expectations that things would start moving fast, both in government and in the party.

The party leaders heaved a sigh of relief that the era of indecision is over and the young Chief Minister will come out of what the local leaders termed “prison of indecision” which was the hallmark of Babulal Gaur tenure. But, with each passing day, frustration has started creeping in among the party leaders.

First Published: Jan 14, 2006 13:30 IST