The national president of the ruling party would be in Jaipur after a year to take stock of its state unit. It is believed to be a visit to enthuse party workers, meet the state team under a new president and take stock of ground situation as part of poll preparation.
The question doing the rounds is— has the state unit of the party been able to fulfil the instructions given by Shah during his last visit. It is a mixed bag of achievements and expectations that await Shah. According to party insiders, the most important instruction by Amit Shah was to strengthen the party at grassroots level and the man who has silently taken charge of this task is Chandrashekhar, state general secretary (organisation), the man to fill the post that had been lying vacant for nine years. He had been sent a year back prior to Shah’s visit in 2017.
“The man had moved across the state jotting down in a diary detailed observations. He has created a huge structured network of ground level organisation structure over the year. It comprises Panna Pramukh, Booth Pramukh, Shakti Kendra and Vistaraks. The exercise is to tap every voter and rejuvenate dormant cadre. The experiment has been a success in UP and is to be implemented in Rajasthan,” said a senior BJP leader.
“It is not the large posts that matter, ground network is the priority at present. Appointing a new state executive too is not a priority. If the party managed without a president for almost two months, it can do without a new body. The message that is being sent out loud and clear is that ideology and organisation are sacrosanct,” said a senior party leader.
But there are others who are questioning the system. “If this was a successful model, then why would the party have lost all three by-elections,” said a minister.
Meanwhile, the problems before the party too cannot be ignored and will need to be addressed by Shah on a priority.
Issues To Address
Meanwhile, the problems before the party too cannot be ignored and will be addressed by Shah on a priority. The biggest is anti-incumbency against the current legislators. Infighting among ministers, leaders et al