BJP to go for organisational rejig after cabinet reshuffle

BJP to go for organisational rejig after cabinet reshuffle

By NAVTAN KUMAR | New Delhi | 2 September, 2017
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Soon after the Cabinet reshuffle, Amit Shah will start giving final touches.
All eyes will be on the organisational reshuffle within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is likely to take place after the Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday. The organisational reshuffle, which is pending for a long time, will set the tone for BJP’s preparations for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

According to party sources, soon after the Cabinet reshuffle, president Amit Shah will start giving final touches to the shape of his organisation. However, it will be done only after Pitr Paksh, which is starting on 6 September and ending on 20 September, and Navratra (starting on 21 September).

Sources said that if everything goes well, the new team will be in place before the proposed national executive meeting in the capital on 23-24-25 September. The party may also convene the meeting of its national council around the same time. The date is significant as 25 September would also mark the culmination of the centenary celebrations of Jan Sangh leader Deen Dayal Upadhyay.

The party leadership, they said, is likely to take a final view on the vacancies of Governors and also on the performance of Chief Ministers in some states, plagued with resentment.

There are vacancies in several Raj Bhavans. Ram Nath Kovind resigned from the post of Bihar Governor and was elevated to the post of President of India. Following this, West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi has been given additional charge. Similarly, Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao is functioning as the acting Governor of Tamil Nadu.

While Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan has been given additional charge of Telangana, Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Acharya is functioning as acting Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli has been given additional charge of Madhya Pradesh and Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit has been given additional charge of Meghalaya.

Source said that after the Cabinet reshuffle, there would be organisational reshuffle as the ministers dropped may be given a place in the organisation. Five vacancies have arisen following the BJP coming to power in UP. While national vice president Dinesh Sharma has become Deputy Chief Minister, secretaries Shrikant Sharma, Sidharth Nath Singh, Mahendra Singh and OBC Morcha president Dara Singh Chouhan have become ministers in the Yogi Adiyanath Cabinet.

The party recently announced names of the election in-charges. While Arun Jaitley has been made election in-charge of Gujarat, Thawar Chand Gehlot has been made election in-charge of Himachal Pradesh. Prakash Javadekar has been appointed poll in-charge of Karnataka. The party also announced Mahendra Pandey as president of the state unit of UP.

Amit Shah, soon after taking over as president in August 2014, had appointed 11 vice presidents. Out of them, Bandaru Dattatreya, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Kiran Maheshwari and Raghubar Das have joined the government at the Centre or in states. Three general secretaries—J.P. Nadda, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Ramashankar Katheria—too have joined the Central government. Shah was re-elected as president for a full term in January 2016. However, he has not formed his full team till now.

Sources said that besides national executive and national office-bearers, the party may also go in for changes in the Parliamentary Board and Central Election Committee. If sources are to be believed, the party will also take a final view on the demands from factions in states, where the party is in power, for leadership changes, especially in Haryana and Jharkhand. “Normally, the party leadership does not go for a change of guard in poll-bound states. But the case of Haryana and Jharkhand is different as elections are far away,” sources added.

 

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