- "All senior BJP leaders of Rajasthan meeting today in Jaipur," tweeted senior party leader V Satish early in the morning.
- "A panel of lists for each constituency will be sent to the central leadership in Delhi. The BJP central election committee and the parliamentary board will then take the final call,"
New Delhi/Jaipur, Oct 20 (IECurrentAffairs) The BJP in poll-bound Rajasthan will kick-start a three-day unique interactive session with party workers at various levels on Saturday in Jaipur to shortlist names of probable candidates for over 90 seats including politically-sensitive Jaipur and Sikar regions.
“All senior BJP leaders of Rajasthan meeting today in Jaipur,” tweeted senior party leader V Satish early in the morning.
The move is being seen as an attempt to give importance to the RSS leaders in the state.
The interactions are seen as ‘feedback programmes’ to enlist the views of party workers, office bearers and even booth-level workers to shortlist the probable candidates.
“A panel of lists for each constituency will be sent to the central leadership in Delhi. The BJP central election committee and the parliamentary board will then take the final call,” a source said.
The BJP leaders, including the likes of V Satish and Avinash Rai Khanna, will take the opinion of party’s district and mandal office-bearers, former office holders, public representatives of urban local bodies and Panchayati Raj institutions, current and former legislators and sitting and ex-MPs.
After talking to RSS leaders in Rajasthan, where BJP faces a tough battle largely owing to anti-incumbency wave and upper castes anguish on SC-ST Act, BJP chief Amit Shah had drafted in six leaders into a special panel and the state of Rajasthan has been divided into three typical RSS-zones – Jaipur, Jodhpur and Chittoragarh.
The leaders were two union ministers Gajendra Singh Shekawat (a Rajput) and Arjun Ram Meghawal (a Dalit) and four others from organisational background – V Satish, Avinash Rai Khanna, Satish Puniya and organisational secretary Chandrashekhar.
Feedback for 36 assembly seats of BJP’s eight organisational districts will be taken on Saturday, while for about 35 constituencies, on Sunday.
Party workers and office bearers from Jaipur city, adjoining seats and also from Jat stronghold Sikar will give their feedback on Monday.
Sources said views from party workers and office bearers from Bharatpur and Ajmer divisions will also be sought.
Mr Shah’s move reportedly came after he got some feedback from rural areas in Mewar/Chittoragarh region that said upper castes sections feel being ‘back-stabbed’ by the Modi government on SC-ST Atrocities Act.
‘There is enough time to do corrective measures. Enlisting of RSS leaders and volunteers would help establish direct contacts with the upper castes.
Meanwhile, there are talks that BJP could replace nearly 50 per cent of its 163 members in the outgoing assembly.