Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections,the state BJP unit will seek help from the partys former MPs and MLAs who disassociated themselves following negligence by the organisation in the past. The party has created a new cell that will approach nearly 400 former MPs and MLAs.
The MP-MLA cell will provide financial assistance to those former MLAs and MPs who are not currently well-off,a decision taken in light of the BJPs criticism following the recent death of former Jan Sangh MLA Bhagwati Prasad in penury. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently announced a financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh to Prasads family as did BJP national general secretary Varun Gandhi with a sum of Rs 1 lakh.
Several former MPs and MLAs of the BJP and Jan Sangh were neglected by the organisation after they lost elections or became inactive in politics because of old age,said a party leader.
Sources said the party is of the view that financial assistance to them and their family members could earn it some goodwill in public.
Former member of the UP Legislative Council,Dr Satish Sharma,who has been appointed the state convenor of the MP-MLA cell,said both regional and district units of the cell would be set up soon with hopes to bring former MLAs and MPs back in the mainstream.
BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai said a convention of these former MPs and MLAs would be organised very soon in Lucknow,adding said that a database containing their names would be prepared.
The BJP will also appeal to family members of these former MPs and MLAs to join the party and campaign for it in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections,another party leader said. If their family members happened to be with other political parties,we will appeal to them to join BJP and support its candidates, Bajpai said.