Ranchi, Sept. 8: Congress general secretary in-charge of Jharkhand affairs B.K. Hariprasad will arrive in the state on September 12 to review the execution of different ongoing programmes to strengthen party organisation here.
On the first day of his visit, Hariprasad will hold informal meetings with senior leaders and office-bearers and address a party workers’ conference in Hazaribagh.
The next day, he will meet district and block presidents in Ranchi to discuss ways to create awareness about various centrally sponsored schemes so that people can avail maximum benefits of these welfare projects. He will also review the ongoing Sonia-Rahul Sandesh Yatra, an initiative to educate party workers and office-bearers about their role in improving the party’s support base.
These apart, party sources said, Hariprasad might also discuss with state leaders the functioning of Hemant Soren-led coalition government.
Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu, nevertheless, questioned the outcome of such party workers’ meetings. “If the state unit is really serious about proper implementation of central schemes, it should organise workshops for party workers. Party members working in far-flung areas should first know how much money has been released for their areas under different heads and what is the current status. Accordingly, they should chalk out a future plan of action. For all these, they need guidance from experts,” he argued.
Again, though the state party unit has not made any formal comments against the chief minister or his style of functioning so far, Balmuchu appeared unhappy.
Reason: he has been trying to contact the chief minister for the last several days, but to no avail.
“Every time I call up the chief minister, his private secretaries say that he is not around. If this happens to an MP, the plight of commoners can easily be understood. Anyway, the chief minister is damaging his own image by evading dialogues with public representatives on common issues,” said Balmuchu while speaking to The Telegraph.
Hariprasad and state unit chief Sukhdeo Bhagat could not be contacted for comments.
Congress spokesman Ajay Rai said, “These are Balmuchu’s personal opinion. But, we are keeping vigilant eyes on proper execution of the common minimum programme. Our division-level conferences in Gumla and Chaibasa were successful. We will have another such meeting in Hazaribagh on September 12,” he added.