Nearly three months after he was elected an MP from Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to deploy a team of five leaders, instead of one as has been tradition, as his representative in the constituency.
The names of the team members —- BJP leaders from Varanasi —- will be decided soon and an office for them would be set up by August 15 in the temple town, a senior party leader said. “It will function as local MP’s office,” he said, the team will ensure redressal of grievances of local residents. “In the absence of a representative, the local BJP leaders attend to the local residents who reach party office with their grievances. These leaders help in the redressal of problems by coordinating with the district administration,” a party leader said.
With the formation of the five-member team, he said, the task will become more organised and systematic. The team will coordinate with the state government as well as the central government. It will also have the responsibility to draft proposals for such development works that could be executed by using MP Local Area Development Fund of Modi.
Sources said Modi wants to put a team in place as he does not want to allocate powers to one person who may function in “an arbitrary manner”.
Several local BJP leaders who were associated with Modi’s election management during Lok Sabha polls have thrown their hats in the ring to be made the PM’s representative. Party leaders in Varanasi said that search for a place to set up Modi’s office is still going on.