Leaving no stone unturned as he gears up for a second consecutive shot at power in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in 2017, who is also the state president of Samajwadi Party, has devised an unique way to fight severe groupism and factionalism that has come to fore in the party in the recent times.
Akhilesh is now setting up his own team of “intelligence officers” to keep watch at ground level party activities. A team of 403 persons, one in each Assembly constituency of UP, will be soon appointed for giving confidential feedback to Akhilesh.
The team will function independently having no association with local Samajwadi Party leaders. These members will not hold any organisational post in party but will report directly to Akhilesh. Their numbers will reportedly be increased in coming days with three persons in each Assembly seat who will be considered as “Akhilesh’s cadre” in the party.
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“We have decided to recruit 403 youths, one in every Assembly segment. They will be in direct touch with CM Akhilesh Yadav. They will present actual picture at ground level. There will be only 403 people, not one less or more,” Arvind Singh Gope, state general secretary, SP told The Indian Express.
Gope said the criteria for appointing these “intelligence officers” include —- they should not hold any post in any political party including SP, they should be a sympathiser of SP, must be educated and well versed in computers and mobile applications, have political acumen, should not belong to any camp of SP at local level, and should not have any sort of relation with local leaders. After their selection, these “intelligence officers” will be given proper training. Meetings with Akhilesh will be held to provide them information about their role, he added.
With rising infighting at local level in SP along with poor track record of its legislators, Akhilesh plans not to give tickets to about 100 sitting MLAs. The input by these youths will be instrumental in taking decision. These youths will also keep tab on working of local legislators, party organisation and role of party leaders in publicity of government schemes. Any small incident or issue at local level, which can affect the politics of the seat, will also be recorded. These youths will directly send their reports to CM Akhilesh, he said.
SP has already started the process of selecting these “intelligence officers”. The process is likely to be completed in next three months. The selection of these youths is being done by Gope and final decision will be taken by Akhilesh.
“We already have at least 5-6 names from each constituency. There is no dearth of workers who want to join us independently,” Gope said. Some of the youths are already in touch with Akhilesh and will be inducted in the team, he added.