In an effort to strengthen the party unit, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said office-bearers who skip three consecutive weekly meetings might be removed from their posts unless they put forth genuine reasons for their absenteeism. “Those found absent in three consecutive meetings without any valid reason will be removed from their post,” Tiwari said, adding it applies to everyone, including him.
As per BJP sources, the party’s Delhi unit is rife with different factions, each competing against the other — something, which the party’s central leadership described as being “opposed to the idea of the BJP”.
The move comes after a meeting called by the party leadership last week saw “complaints about information on the meeting not reaching some party leaders”. “The meeting had been scheduled for Sunday and it had been called after the Delhi BJP president returned from his campaign in Himachal Pradesh,” a BJP leader said.
The state unit had received a lot of flak from the central leadership last month too after senior Delhi unit leaders, including vice-president Kulwant Singh Bhaat, skipped an event to celebrate Guru Gobind Singh’s 350th birth anniversary.
The event was attended by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Bhaat, however, resigned a day later saying that he was following the call given by the highest temporal seat of Sikh community, Akal Takht.
Tiwari said, “Those who have been made office-bearers need to be present in the meetings, held every Monday. This is a measure to make them take work seriously.”