New Delhi, July 15: A day after BJP president Nitin Gadkari met senior leaders from Jharkhand, it has become clear that the party line in the state will be more “aggressive” and result-oriented.
Sources told The Telegraph that while the BJP leadership made it clear that it would not entertain any factionalism within the state unit, the onus of a high-performing state government and mobilisation of the party was squarely put on the Munda camp.
State president Dineshanand Goswami said, “The guidelines we have been given are that workers should be motivated to work in an aggressive way. We will build an active block-level organisation. These plans will be discussed at the state executive meet in Bokaro from July 26 to 27.”
He added that in the light of the Jamshedpur bypoll debacle, the BJP’s district set-up would be reorganised so as to recapture the erstwhile saffron fortress. Goswami had lost his deposit after contesting from the Lok Sabha seat, which saw ex-cop Ajoy Kumar emerge victorious on a JVM ticket. He had offered to give up his party post but was coaxed to stay on.
Leaders confirmed that a section of members had voiced their concerns over the state government’s performance. “We emphasised that the government has to coordinate with the party,” said a party leader.
The BJP’s strategy henceforth will be to direct its cadres to keep a check on the bureaucracy and ensure that public works — bijli, sadak, pani — are given top priority. “Our job will be to see to it that district officials address public grievances,” said a leader.
There was also a threadbare analysis of the Jamshedpur bypoll at yesterday’s meet.
A senior state functionary said, “We lost the poll because not only did we begin our campaign late but also failed to communicate the development work done by our government.” Interestingly, deputy chief minister Hemant Soren, who was here last week, had cited exactly the same reason for the defeat of his party’s candidate Sudhir Mahto, who stood third in the votes tally.
While the party leadership noted the excuse of Maoists swaying votes against the BJP in around 200 polling booths, the state leaders were pulled up for law and order problems in Jamshedpur.
that turned the electorate, especially women, towards Ajoy Kumar.
Apart from Munda Goswami and Gadkari, senior leaders who attended the meeting included Jharkhand in-charge Harendra Pratap, MPs Yashwant Sinha and P. N Singh, former state party boss Raghubar Das and former MLA Sarayu Rai.
Summing up, a leader quipped, “Mundaji was given a free hand in running the state, choosing office bearers and the Jamshedpur candidate. A sultan will tolerate a zamindar only as long as he pays tribute. Gadkari-ji is patient but wants us to be vigilant.”