LUCKNOW: UP BJP may undergo “partial revamp” after due permission with the party high command in the coming days, said state unit chief Bhupendra Chaudhary on Monday.
Chaudhary’s announcement came in the midst of a high-level meeting with the party national general secretary (organisation), BL Santhosh, and national vice-president Radha Mohan Singh at the state headquarters. The BJP top leaders are on a two-day visit to Lucknow to hold early assessment of the party’s preparations for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Sources privy to the meeting said that Santhosh pressed on the need of effecting changes in the organisational command “wherever it was necessary”. Sources said that the BJP leader categorically underscored the need for “expanding the organisation” and strengthening it at the mandal and booth levels for expediting the reach of various welfare schemes initiated by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
While Chaudhary did not spell out the proposed changes in the party’s organisational structure, sources said that the expected rejig was likely to see replacement of five state leaders who got inducted in the Yogi Adityanath cabinet after the BJP returned to power after the state elections last year.
The leaders who may be dropped from the organisation include urban development AK Sharma and transport minister Daya Shankar Singh – both also hold the charge of state vice-president. Likewise, cooperative minister JPS Rathore would relinquish the post of state general secretary. Women welfare minister Baby Rani Maurya will also be required to give up the post of national vice-president after due approval from the central leadership. Similarly, social welfare minister Narendra Kashyap will be giving up the post of OBC morcha chief.
Among the new inductees in the BJP organisation, the names of former ministers – Jai Pratap Singh, Upendra Tewari and Suresh Rana – have been doing the rounds for the past few days. However, the final decision would be taken after due approval of the party high command, sources said.
Santhosh held meetings with the state general secretaries, vice-presidents, chief of various frontal units and regional presidents. The BJP national general secretary (organisation) is scheduled to hold meetings with UP ministers and other wings of the party organisations on Tuesday.
Sources said that the focus of the deliberations also hovered on the 14 Lok Sabha seats which the party lost in 2019 general elections. Some of the seats which were though won by BJP too were reportedly taken up. They included the seats like Rampur and Azamgarh which the BJP won in the bypolls.
Santhosh also laid stress on ensuring party candidate victory in the forthcoming ULB elections which have been delayed after the recent high court order that quashed the state government notification on the OBC reservation. He said that the party has to contest the upcoming MLC elections of graduate and teachers’ constituencies with full strength. Radha Mohan Singh said that the BJP worker was not just a political functionary but also a social worker.
State general secretary (organization) Dharampal Singh, while giving detailed information about the campaigns and programmes run by the party in the past, said that the party sought to strengthen the booths and panna pramukh in the entire state.





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