No state BJP president, ministers’ yatra hits roadblock in Rajasthan
No schedule or detail of the tours have been chalked out yet.rajasthan elections 2018 Updated: Jun 06, 2018 21:43 IST
With less than five days to go before the BJP launches a statewide yatra aimed at offsetting anti-incumbency against the Vasundhara Raje government, no one in the ruling party is willing to take ownership of and oversee the preparations for the mass outreach programme.
For the records, the BJP is yet to finalise a name to head the party in Rajasthan, which goes to polls later this year. The post of state BJP president is lying vacant since April 18 when Ashok Parnami resigned after he was made a member of the party’s national working committee.
In a recent meeting called to discuss the strategy for the assembly elections scheduled for later this year, the party had decided to launch a yatra from June 11, However, no schedule or detail of the tours have been chalked out nor have the groups of ministers, who are supposed to lead the programme, been formed. In fact, the party is yet to decide the name of the yatra. It may be christened Gaurav Yatra, Vikas Yatra or Suraaj Sandesh Yatra.
Parnami had earlier said that instead of the chief minister, ministers will travel across the state in groups of three. One group each would be assigned to each of the seven district headquarters. Jaipur and Jodhpur districts due to their large size would have two groups of three ministers, Parnami had said.
The ministers have the mandate to interact with the public and inform them of the welfare policies implemented by the BJP governments at the state and Centre.
For this, they will hold nukkad sabhas at three locations in every assembly constituency and a public meeting in the evening. They also have to meet with local party leaders and booth level workers and address any issues that they are facing. The ministers will have to stop for dinner at a local party workers’ residence.
The party aims to invigorate and energise the workers and reach out to sidelined party workers and former office bearers as well as the public to offset the anti-incumbency and create a mood in favour of the BJP. Parnami said Raje too would visit each district headquarter at the conclusion of each yatra.
Party sources say that the absence of a state party president is affecting the party’s functioning. Insiders say the president oversees preparations for the yatra, decides on the routes and locations where public meetings will be held and logistics en route. In the absence of a president there is no one to organize and manage the event.
Several leaders feel that taking out a yatra in the absence of a state president will not serve any purpose. The appointment of the state president has been hanging fire since the last 50 days due to the tussle between the central and state leadership over the right candidate.
Officially leaders deny that the absence of the state president has affected the party’s functioning but there are murmurs within the party that the programmes are being affected.
State media incharge Anand Sharma said the ministers are busy with the loan waiver camps due to which the programme for the yatra has been delayed. “The schedule for the programme will be decided soon,” he said.