In a day-long, three-tier meeting, BJP national general secretary Ramlal, joint general secretary (organisation) Shiv Prakash and Bengal observer Siddharth Nath Singh first met the BJP candidates from Bengal who had lost in the Lok Sabha polls last year, then the presidents of various cells of the party, and lastly the celebrities, to get their feedback and draw a roadmap for the 2016 Assembly elections in the state.
“This is the third meeting we are having with all the Lok Sabha candidates for the 2014 polls to take stock of the constituency they had contested from. The aim is to win the 2016 Assembly polls in Bengal and for that we have been assured all cooperation from the Centre by Ramlal,” said Rahul Sinha, state BJP president.
One of the MP candidates who was present at the meeting said they were asked to mention the problems they were facing, during which the issue regarding the several unwanted elements joining the party during the membership drive was discussed.
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“When you have so many people joining the party within a few months, taking the party’s membership strength to around 40 lakhs, it becomes difficult to guide them. It is true that many indisciplined people have joined the party and they need to be removed in the process of Maha Sampark Abhiyan,” said a senior BJP leader. Sinha, however, said that there were no such complaints.
The central leadership, it is learnt, has instructed the state unit to have party offices in all the districts.
“There should be one office for each district president and his staff across the state. There should also be a small auditorium where meetings of district leadership could be conducted. This will help us in making the common man know where they need to come to get their issues addressed,” another leader said.
“We have been asked to take the Centre’s projects to the people because the state is claiming credit for even those projects that the Centre had funded,” the leader said.Leaders from the party’s minority cell had complained of being “ignored” within the party by several district units and were left “feeling isolated”.
“We have been asked to connect with members of the minority cell by helping them avail the life insurance scheme of the Centre and for those who are unable to pay the annual premium of Rs 12, the party would pay for them. I will write to the district presidents to implement it as soon as possible,” said Shakeel Ansari, president, minority cell.