Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Updated: March 1, 2015 9:19:09 pm
BJP leaders on Sunday expressed concern for greater coordination between the government and the party ahead of the local bodies elections beginning March. During the three-day workshop for the elected members at the outskirt of Mumbai, the BJP observed that the Congress and the NCP still remain a big challenge in the local bodies elections.
Maharashtra BJP President Raosaheb Danve said, “The biggest challenge ahead is local bodies elections.” In a candid admission, he said, “ The BJP has fared well in Lok Sabha and assembly elections. However, the results in the local bodies polls in the recent past were not good. This a cause of concern. And all of us will have to start working in our respective constituencies from now.”
The BJP admitted that the Congress and the NCP which dominate in local bodies across the state and cooperative sector cannot be beaten easily.
A senior party functionary revealed to the Indian Express, “The biggest concerns of the organization is to address the unrest within the organization. After the party came to power, the problems have multiplied as aspirations of every elected member have gone up.”
He further elaborated, “On the one hand, we have senior MLAs who cannot reconcile the fact that they are not inducted in the cabinet. On the other we have majority members who are still in the opposition mode. A panel of members from both government and party will have to regularly meet and address these issues which will keep recurring ahead.”
Another senior leader Girish Bapat listed out critical do’s and don’ts for the members complete with usage of language and behavior while dealing with people in their own constituencies and state legislative assembly. Officials in the BJP said, “Out of 122 MLAs, 77 MLAs are new. With the growing public awareness and a 24×7 media watch, every action of the politicians is under scrutiny.”
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urged the MLAs to reckon, “How significant role they can play by becoming an important link between the government and people. The medium of change in each constituency would be brought through the elected members,” he added.
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