BJP leaders were still to overcome the “low morale” after the absence of their national president Amit Shah from the party’s state executive committee meeting in Vrindavan on Saturday, when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh decided to follow suit on Sunday.
Like Shah, Singh, too, cancelled his visit, leaving the “discussion on political agenda” — slated for the day — only to the planning stage, while adding another chapter in the party’s history where the chief guest did not turn up for the concluding session of the two-day meet.
BJP leaders had on Saturday termed Shah’s absence as having “affected the level of discussions at the meeting and the morale of party leaders”.
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On Sunday, there were few talking.
One party leader from the state, who did speak to this correspondent, explained that Singh had to cancel his visit because he had to tour the flood-affected areas in Assam and had to also attend party meetings to select candidates for the upcoming bypolls – the latter being the same reason Shah had cancelled his visit a day before.
The state executive committee meeting was held after 16 months and for the first time since Shah was appointed the party’s president.
Nearly half of the party’s total members did not attend the meeting and instead preferred to go on tours, visiting temples of Vrindavan even as the meeting was going on.
Senior party leaders from the state are usually invited on the stage to chart the future roadmap and define political agenda for the meeting. But on Sunday, they were listening to select few, young members of the state executive.
The leaders, getting a sense of the prevailing scenario, left the meeting venue even before the arrival of national general secretary (organisation) Ramlal who had been sent as Singh’s replacement for the concluding session.