LUCKNOW: BJP national general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh is likely to set in motion the much-anticipated organisational rejig in the party’s state unit in the coming days.
Santhosh, who is scheduled to camp in Lucknow for the next two days starting Monday, will hold rigorous meetings with different wings of the UP BJP before drawing a formal template of the organisational revamp, sources said.
This will be Santhosh’s first visit to UP after the BJP returned to power after the 2022 state polls.
The development attains significance against the backdrop of Urban Local Bodies polls getting postponed by at least three months – in what is learnt to have prompted the saffron brass to refurbish the UP BJP unit and deploy a new set of functionaries who would be entrusted with the task of steering party’s prospects not only in the ULB polls but also in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
The organisational reshuffle has been on the cards since July last year after Bhupendra Chaudhary took over as UP BJP president. This was followed by Dharampal Singh taking charge as the new state general secretary (organisation) in August. Sources said that the organisational overhauling will be done at the level of divisions and booths as well.
UP BJP sources said that Santhosh, who is also the point person of the RSS, is likely to lay out the road map of the programmes which the saffron outfit will have to undertake to bolster its public outreach in UP. Sources said that special focus is likely to be on OBC which attained all the spotlight after the Allahabad high court struck down the state government notification for OBC reservation in ULB polls, triggering a barrage of opposition salvos at the ruling BJP.
UP BJP’s OBC morcha chief and UP minister for backward caste welfare Narendra Kashyap said that the state unit awaited further instruction from the national leadership. “The OBC community has benefitted in a big way in the BJP regime,” he said.
BJP sources said that Santhosh is also likely to hold discussion with the state unit leadership vis-a-vis six MLC seats for which nomination will have to be recommended by the Yogi Adityanath government. BJP sources said that a list of nearly two dozen BJP functionaries was recently sent to the central leadership for its approval.
The elections on the six seats hold relevance as the BJP looks to reward some of its key organisational functionaries after its resounding return to power in the UP elections held last year. This will be besides the elections for MLC five seats, including three of graduate and two of teachers’ constituency.
The five seats are scheduled to fall vacant on February 12 and the elections are scheduled to be completed by January 30.





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