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Polls in sight, BJP plans new UP panel with youth from ‘RSS background’ at its core

The party top brass allegedly has its eye on the new team, as its members would play a crucial part in the 2017 Assembly polls.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: April 30, 2016 10:15:52 am
bjp, bjp uttar pradesh, uttar pradesh, up, up rss, bjp in up, uttar pradesh polls, uttar pradesh news, india news Uttar Pradesh BJP President Keshav Prashad Maurya. (File/PTI)

The new BJP state committee, which will likely be in place by May 10, would reportedly see several youths with RSS background, with new party president Keshav Prasad Maurya already seeking instructions from the party top brass in the matter.

The party top brass allegedly has its eye on the new team, as its members would play a crucial part in the 2017 Assembly polls.

Party sources said the new team would have leaders with RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal and ABVP backgrounds. “The members of the new team will be selected by party state in-charge Om Mathur, the state president, national joint general secretary (organisation) Shiv Prakash and state general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal. These four men are RSS full-timers. In view of the 2017 polls, they could rely on those who are young and have worked for RSS for a long time,” said a senior leader.

“By appointing Maurya, who is young, aggressive and has a RSS background, as the state chief, party national president Amit Shah has given an indication about the faces,” he added.

In the current state team of 33 members, state vice-presidents — Shiv Pratap Shukla, Haridwar Dube and Ashok Katariya — general secretary Swatantra Deo Singh, secretary Anoop Gupta, treasurer Rajesh Agrawal, spokesperson Chandra Mohan and Sunil Bansal are full-time RSS workers.

When contacted, Maurya claimed: “The new state committee will be a balanced team of persons having organisational experience, aggressiveness and ability to struggle for the cause of the party and public.”

On leaders with RSS background being included in the team, he said: “Workers lead the BJP and the party gives regard and honour to all of them. Workers will get an opportunity to serve the party.” When asked about the need to include Dalits in the team, Maurya maintained BJP does not discriminate on caste lines.

Maurya, who himself has served in the VHP for over 10 years, said he will declare the state team very soon.

Sources said the party needs youth leaders to reach out to the grassroots level before the state elections. “Youth leaders are also required to hold agitations against the failures of the SP government. It has been a long time since the party’s youth wing staged an agitation in Lucknow or any other part of the state on public issues,” said a leader.

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