In order to prevent the entry of undesirable elements in the BJP,guidelines have been drawn up for a three-stage vetting of antecedents by the party unit in UP,which is the home state of party national president Rajnath Singh.
First,the district president concerned will give his approval. The district president would have to verify that the person has no criminal record and he was not named in any case of corruption in the past.
The district president would send the report to the state headquarters through the regional president who will again verify the past record of the person. A decision on the report of the district president would be taken by a three-member state-level committee,comprising vice-president Shiv Pratap Shukla,general secretary Swatantra Deo Singh and secretary Ashwani Tyagi.
Party state president Laxmikant Bajpai said that a new person would be given entry in the party only after approval from the district president,regional president and the state-level committee. He said that the guidelines have been issued to avoid any mistake while inducting persons from other political parties.
Bajpai also said that assurance of party ticket in upcoming Lok Sabha elections would not be given to any person who would now join BJP from any other political party. But the party can consider him for giving ticket later if found suitable, Bajpai said.
The party has issued the guidelines to ensure that its image remain clean. BJP had suffered a major embarrassment when it had inducted former family welfare minister in Mayawati government Babu Singh Kushwaha,who was an accused in the NRHM scam.
After battling a public relation disaster over his induction,BJP had put his party membership on hold. The damage control came amid several dissenting voices in the party against decision. Some party leaders had later blamed Kushwaha episode as reason for the partys poor show in 2012 Assembly elections.
The party does not want to repeat such mistakes. Every new person wanting to join the party would now be screened according to the new guidelines,said party vice-president Shiv Pratap Shukla,who is heading the three-member committee.
Uma may contest from Amroha
Bhopal: BJP vice-president Uma Bharti,a sitting MLA from UP,is likely to contest the next Lok Sabha election from Amroha. The BJP is seriously considering fielding Bharti,a prominent face of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement,from Amroha seat in Uttar Pradesh, sources close to her told PTI on Friday. The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister forayed into UP poll politics last year and was elected from Charkhari Assembly constituency. Charkhari is part of Bundelkhand,a backward region spread over both the states.