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BJP plans dist-level committees to sort out block-level issues in Rajasthan

Rajasthan BJP plans to form district level coordination committees to sort out differences between party leaders and other issues at the block level. In the absence of state BJP president, the infighting among a section of party leaders has become a cause of concern ahead of the assembly elections later this year

jaipur Updated: Jun 08, 2018 22:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
The BJP has decided to verify and take feedback from the workers at more than 51,000 polling booths across the state.(HT PHOTO)

Rajasthan BJP plans to form district level coordination committees to sort out differences between party leaders and other issues at the block level. In the absence of state BJP president, the infighting among a section of party leaders has become a cause of concern ahead of the assembly elections later this year.

In a party meeting held in Jaipur recently, state urban development and housing (UDH) minister Srichand Kriplani had pointed out infighting between leaders at block level and expressed concern over its impact on the party’s performance in the coming assembly elections, sources said.

“Some ministers have suggested to the party leadership that members of district level coordination committees should visit each assembly constituency to sort out the issues arising out of difference of opinions between the leaders,” a BJP leader said.

The state BJP has also drawn up plans to strengthen polling booth management to counter a resurgent Congress buoyed by victories in byelections held a few months ago. Battling anti-incumbency in Rajasthan, the aim is to mobilise voters to ensure that the party’s key base turns up to vote.

The party has decided to verify and take feedback from the workers at more than 51,000 polling booths across the state. During this period, active and inactive workers of party’s booth unit will be identified. In this regard, each senior leader has been given the responsibility of five blocks, and in addition, all the district heads have been given instruction to increase the activation of booth units.

Sources said that party looks to replicate its successful organisational structure right down to booth-level committees and use vistaraks to ensure that the party’s message reaches voters at the ground level.

The booth formation committees have been directed that the welfare schemes launched by centre and state government must reach the voters at booth level.

The BJP is believed to be facing a stronger challenge in Rajasthan, underlined recently in its loss in the bypolls to two Lok Sabha seats and one assembly seat. The party is looking to revamp its organisation in the poll-bound state, and some district presidents may face the axe once the new president takes charge, sources said.

Incidentally, it has been nearly two months since Ashok Parnami resigned from the post of state party chief after being given national responsibility. The BJP is yet to name his successor. Differences between chief minister Vasundhara Raje and BJP chief Amit Shah is the primary reason behind the appointment of a new state unit chief being delayed.

Earlier, state Congress chief Sachin Pilot had said that the BJP was finding it difficult to name a state unit chief as no one wanted to be a scapegoat after the assembly elections later this year. “They have not found a person to do the job because nobody wants to be a scapegoat. They know in 5-6 months, they will lose the election. The BJP, the party with a difference and so-called largest party in the world, is unable to find somebody who is willing to do the job of a state president. This shows the reality of the government of Rajasthan and BJP itself,” Pilot had said.

He had also taken a dig at Raje, who he said had visited the national capital “to lobby for” appointment of a state president. “So there is obvious infighting (in BJP). There is a lack of coordination between the state and central governments, and people are suffering because of that,” he had said.

First Published: Jun 08, 2018 22:25 IST