The Bharatiya Janata Party is now making a concerted effort to assimilate “outsiders” and newcomers into the party fold and increase their acceptability in the party organisation.
To begin with, party leaders have decided to give organisational posts to those who have joined the BJP in UP in the past one year.
The idea is to allow greater interaction between party cadres and the newly inducted leaders and also to familiarise the latter with the culture and working of the party.
In the past one year, after the Lok Sabha elections, several leaders have joined the BJP in UP, but the potential of these leaders remains largely unused since they have not been assigned any task. “We want these leaders to be activated so that they can work for the party and also bring their community closer to the party fold. All these leaders wield considerable influence in their areas and in their community and their services will further strengthen the party,” said a veteran leader.
The BJP in Uttar Pradesh is definitely not underestimating the caste factor and is aware that any effort to ignore this could upset its applecart in 2017.
In the past one year, leaders like BSP MP Jugal Kishore, former DGP Brij Lal, former MP Ashok Chandel, former SP MLAs Sonu Singh and SP MLC Devendra Pratap Singh have already joined the BJP and many more are said to be waiting in the queue. “These leaders will be given organisational posts once we are through with the organisational elections,” the functionary said.
The newly inducted leaders are also believed to have met the party high command in Delhi last month and expressed their angst at being “left out in the cold”.
The leaders said that they had no sense of belonging in the party and were being ignored by party workers in Lucknow as well as in their respective constituencies.
BJP state leaders have now been asked to visit the constituencies of these new entrants and make an effort to help them break the ice with the party workers.
“The organisation of the BJP has always been the backbone of the party and if outsiders are brought into it, there should be an effort to make them join the mainstream and not impose them at the time of elections. If that happens, party workers tend to recede into their shells and the candidate suffers,” said a district president of the party.
Meanwhile, one of the leaders who recently joined the BJP told this correspondent that he was feeling decidedly uncomfortable in the party because he was not being included in party matters. “We cannot give suggestions or take on responsibility unless we feel welcome into the family. We have spoken to the party leadership in this regard and if they take steps, it would help in the elections,” he added.